Geographic Information System

By Prof. Bharath H Aithal   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 685
This course targets to introduce and teach students basics of GIS using free and open software. Starting with basic, it would discuss analyzing various issues and criticalities in producing accurate data. The concepts are illustrated with appropriate examples

INTENDED AUDIENCE   : Geoinformatics, Urban planning, Civil, Electronics
PREREQUISITES   : Set theory basics, Remote Sensing basics [Not Mandatory]
INDUSTRY SUPPORT    :  ESRI, Hexagon Geospatial, SkyMap Global, GISDATA, Digicollect GIS, GIS Maps,
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Design Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  : Introduction to GIS 
Week 2  : Representing a real world in digitalscape
Week 3  : Data types and data models
Week 4  : Advanced data models in GIS and Data Generation/Collection/Surveys
Week 5   : GIS data quality
Week 6   : Global Positioning system
Week 7   : Database and Database Management System– Introduction
Week 8   : Database query and Spatial analysis
Week 9   : Basic and Advanced Spatial analysis of data
Week 10 : Quantum GIS introduction, Hands on working with maps, data integration, collection, digitization and  extraction
Week 11 : Hands on data generation and analysis using various sources
Week 12 : Data standards and Interoperability WEBGIS through GEOSERVER hands-on tutorials

Books and references

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems by Michael N. Demers
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - Kang-tsung Chang
Principles of Geographical Information Systems by Peter A. Burrough
Concepts and Techniques of Geographic Information Systems by Chor Pang Lo

Instructor bio

Prof. Bharath H Aithal

IIT Kharagpur
Dr Bharath H. Aithal is currently a faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has published 50 Journal papers, 8 Book chapters, 1 Book, 80 Conference proceedings, and 40 Technical reports. He has delivered 18 invited guest lectures in various Indian academic Institutions, Universities, and R&D Organizations. More details can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/bharathhaithal/home

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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