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Courses » Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

ABOUT THE COURSE

The proposed course provides basic understanding about GIS Technology. Presently, GIS is being used extensively in various domains including in civil engineering, water resources, earth sciences, transportation engineering, navigation etc. Google Earth and Google Map are very popular custom designed user friendly GIS products which are widely used for various purposes including in navigation etc.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Under graduate engineering and post graduate science students.
Elective Course
BE / BTech / MSc / PhD

PRE-REQUISITES
Current students of engineering students and current post graduate science students.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT - LIST OF COMPANIES/INDUSTRY THAT WILL RECOGNIZE/VALUE THIS ONLINE COURSE
Geoinformatics companies, e.g NIIT, ESRI India, Leica Geoinformatics, MapmyIndia etc.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Dr.Arun K . Saraf is Ph. D. (Remote Sensing) from University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Presently he is working as Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and teaches courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing , Geomorphology etc. to under - and post-graduate students of Geological Technology and Applied Geology . He was also Head of Department of Earth Sciences between Jan. 2012 – Feb. 2015. He was first in the country to introduce GIS course to post-graduate students in the year 1990.In 1986, he was awarded “National Fellowship to Study Abroad” by Govt. of India for his doctoral degree. Further, in 1993 he was awarded  “Indo-US S & T Fellowship” and worked in Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA, USA for Post Doctoral Research. He has been also awarded “National Remote Sensing Award-2001” by Indian Society of Remote Sensing and “GIS Professional of the Year Award-2001” by Map India 2002 for his outstanding research contributions in the fields of Remote Sensing and GIS. Earlier, he has also been given several Khosla Research Awards and Prizes by then University of Roorkee. So far Prof. Saraf has published more than 100 research papers in journals of repute (ISI) and supervised 11 Ph.Ds. He was also Associate Editor of International Journal of Remote Sensing during 2003-2015. Through funding from DST, Min. of Earth Sciences, CSIR,Prof. Saraf has been able to establish and operating NOAA-HRPT Satellite Earth Station at IITR since Oct. 2002, first in any educational institute in the country. This Earth Station is still operational and acquiring data from NOAA-18 & 19 day-and-night.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COURSE 

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc16_ce12
Course duration : 04 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 05 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Dates of exams : 16 October 2016 & 23 October 2016
Time of exam : 2pm - 5pm
Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Exam registration url - Will be announced shortly
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000(non-Programming) needs to be paid.


CERTIFICATE

E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee
It will be e-verifiable at 
nptel.ac.in/noc.

 COURSE LAYOUT

  Week-1:
  What is Geographic Information Systems?
  Different components of GIS
  Different types of vector data
  Raster data models and their types
  TIN data model


  Week-2:
  Advantages and disadvantages associated with vector, raster and TIN
  Non-spatial data (attributes) and their type
  Raster data compression techniques
  Different raster data file formats
  Spatial database systems and their types


  Week-3:
  Pre-processing of spatial datasets
  Different map projections
  Spatial interpolation techniques
  Different types of resolutions
  Digital Elevation Model (DEM)


  Week-4:
  Quality assessment of freely available DEMS
  GIS analysis-1
  GIS analysis-2 and applications
  Errors in GIS
  Key elements of maps

 

SUGGESTED READING

1. An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4th Edition) by Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver, 2012
2. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems by Chang Kang-tsung (Karl), 2006
3. Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction by Tor Bernhardsen, 2005
4. Geographic Information Systems: A Management Perspective by S. Aronoff, 1991