Courses - Faculty of Science


Geographic Information Science

Stage I

GISCI 140
15 Points

Geographic Information and Spatial Thinking

An introduction to the conceptual base of Geographic Information Science, the practical use of geo-spatial data and various societal issues related to the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. This course will introduce students to a range of contemporary geospatial technologies. It covers key concepts and principles behind the development and application of these technologies. The course exercises cover a range of application of GIS for analysis and display of spatial data, focusing on non-programmable solutions.

Restriction: GEOG 210

Stage II

GISCI 241
15 Points

Remote Sensing

An introduction to remote sensing tools and techniques and their application within the earth, environmental and urban environments. The course focuses on the processing, analysis and interpretation of data collected by government and commercial satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and aerial photography. The course introduces image interpretation, multispectral images, supervised and unsupervised image classification and change detection. Techniques for analysing remote sensing data are introduced through a series and lab-based activities and are applied during an independent project.

Prerequisite: GISCI 140 or GEOG 210

GISCI 242
15 Points

Spatial Analysis for Human Environments

Spatial analysis and GIScience applications of spatial data handling for human environments within the context of a theoretical framework for understanding the caveats and ethics of mapping persons in place. Develops advanced practical knowledge of techniques and methodologies in a vector model spatial analysis environment as developed through applications for housing, social wellbeing and inequality, disease, and access to public transportation.

Prerequisite: GISCI 140 or GEOG 210

Restriction: GEOG 318

Stage III

GISCI 341
15 Points

Advanced Remote Sensing

Further develops key concepts of geographic information science as it is applied to earth and environmental sciences including physical geography. Covers techniques for describing the physical environment and ways of analysing and visualising the environment with an emphasis on raster-based surface models. Also compares theories of remote sensing from space, the air, non-imagery raster data. Skills in analysing and properly using various types of remote sensing materials are developed through labs.

Prerequisite: GISCI 241

Restriction: GEOG 317

GISCI 343
15 Points

GIScience Programming and Development

Programming and scripting-based techniques for spatial big data analysis, spatial data handling, modelling, automation, and development for the GIScience domain.

Prerequisite: 15 points from GISCI 241, 242, GEOG 317, 318

GISCI 399
15 Points

GIScience Capstone

Students will independently demonstrate domain knowledge through applying their skills as members of groups completing a community-based GIScience projects serving needs identified by community stakeholders. Groups will be assembled based on skillsets of individual students (e.g., programming, remote sensing, advanced vector analysis, etc.), and students will be assessed on their independent contributions to the group project.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Geographic Information Science

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