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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.

 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


MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COURSE 

1. Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc18_ce10
2. Course duration : 04 weeks
3. The exam is optional for a fee.
4. Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; 
5. Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April. 
6. Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
7. The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

CERTIFICATE

1. Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.
2. 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 4 weeks course: Best 3 out of 4 assignments.
3. E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.