GRS-10806 Geo-information Science for Planning and Design


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
ir. AR Bergsma
PFM Wenting
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Continuation courses:

SGL-23312 Landscape Geography; GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools; GRS-51306 Geo-information Science for Society.


In spatial planning and landscape design the description and the communication of the human environment is largely based on visual expressions like maps, pictures and drawings. Due to technological and social developments of the last six decennia these visual expressions are considerably based on representations using digital concepts and techniques. In general such representations are called geo-information: information about locations on Earth (where, what, when). As an example we may point at the internet spread of virtual globes, web maps and geotagged social media. These expressions of geo-information do have a serious impact on the practices of planning and design.
To help you to understand these expressions the course presents the geo-information science (GIS) concepts behind. These concepts are related to collecting, processing and visualising geodata. The options to describe and understand our living environment with a next generation geodata (ao. Volunteered data, big data, LIDAR, and 3D) will be point at. These geodata support interesting new options for planning and design practices. Examples of these practices will be presented.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the basic terminology of geographical information science;
- explain and illustrate the main concepts of geographical information science;
- practise and demonstrate the application of geographical information concepts in planning and design activities; - report results and methodology of the practical assignments.


- follow lectures on graphics and geo data concepts, geo-reference & map projection, cartography, data acquisition, data-handling classes, graphic syntax (lay out and symbols), graphic attributes and processing of graphics;
- practice the concepts and methods during a practical and a project by using professional software;
- study text books in relation to lectures and practical topics.


The assessment of the learning outcomes is based on:
- a written individual exam with closed and open questions. Your minimal result for this component has to be 5.5 to pass the exam. This result will count 50% of the final mark;
- an applied project. Your minimal result for this component has to be 5.5 to pass the exam. This result will count 50% of the final mark.


PowerPoint presentations of lectures and training, available via the course website (BlackBoard);
Text book GIS: Chang, K., Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, McGraw-Hill (Latest edition);
Text book Graphics: Van Haaften, A.; Tekentaal, codificaties en projecties in ontwerptekeningen, Wageningen University | Landscape Architecture, (Latest edition);
Practical Manual GIS: Kempen, B. van , W. ten Haaf (ed);
Introduction Geo-Information Science and Graphics - Practical Manual, Wageningen University-GRS (Latest edition).

Compulsory for: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD