GRS-10806 Introduction Geo-information Science and Graphics


Studiepunten 6.00

Practical extensively supervised48
Practical intensively supervised28
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
ir. AR Bergsma
ir. AJ van Haaften
ir. MCH Jansen
PFM Wenting
CR Baltjes
RFM van Seumeren
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
ir. AJ van Haaften

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Continuation courses:

LAD-23312, LUP-11806, GRS-20806


Description and communication of the human environment is largely based on visual expressions like maps, pictures and projective drawings . Due to technological and social developments of the last six decennia these visual expressions are considerably translated into digital concepts and techniques. As an example we may point at the internet spread of virtual globes and location based photo sites since the beginning of the 21st century.
The course introduces the concepts behind the virtual globes, digital maps and visualization techniques by two mutually related view angles: geographical information science and graphical semiotics. The course offers an introduction of concepts and hands on in graphical and geographical information processing which support the many landscape and environment oriented studies. Overall aim is to understand the basic concepts of geographical and graphical information that may support our studies of environmental and landscape phenomena and processes, including the design of adaptations. For that reason the course introduces the scientific and societal interests in Geo-Information Science and Graphics. The starting point of this introduction is the geo-information cycle. This cycle frames geo data based actions like acquisition and storage, processing and visualization. It is explained that these actions can be used to describe, to analyze, to design and to realize real world phenomena. Thus geo data is always acquired, processed and visualized with a specific purpose. This is illustrated via the conceptual, formal and technical modeling steps. Important in these modeling steps are the roles of geographical data attributes (thematic, geometric, temporal). Because the acquisition and processing of geo data is purposive, meta data plays an exclusive role to find geo data and geo data processing steps. The meta data is also important to evaluate the (re)usability of geo data and geo data processing steps. Geo-visualization, especially cartography concepts, is introduced to show how geo data ought to be communicated and is closely linked to the graphic concepts.
After the introduction of the geo data related concepts, the course offers the geo data processing options. The latter is done by the introduction of three data handling classes (query, transform and alter) and the data-action model.
The geo data that represent terrain height and processing of these elevation data has given notice. The mutual relation between geo graphical information and graphics is introduced by basic concepts of Graphics (types of drawings and maps, graphic symbols an their attributes (colour, shape, hatch), and their use (lay out, order, etc) are introduced and practiced. The application of all concepts is practiced during a practicals and by a small project using professional software and data according a working procedure.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the basic terminology of the geographical information science and graphical semiotics concepts as may be encountered in science and society;
- explain and illustrate the components of the geo-information cycle and the main concepts of Geo-Information Science as needed in a study project;
- explain and illustrate the semiotic concepts of graphics and colour in relation to mapping and communicating graphically the environment study outcomes;
- practise and demonstrate the application of elementary Geographical and Graphical data processing software skills and basic drawing;
- report the application of GIS and graphics by a poster and folder.


- follow lectures on 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 concepts and techniques during practicals by assignments and a project;
- study text books in relation to lectures and practicals;
- training and using supporting software and basic drawing during the assignments and the project in favour of geo data analysis and synthesis, and design of posters and folders.


Written theory exam (40%); Applied IGG Project (50%); Repetition exercises (10%); Practical works have to be realized. Note - to pass the exam a minimum score for the first two assessments has to = 5.5.


Powerpoint presentations of lectures and training, available via the course website (BlackBoard); Text book GIS: Longley, P., M.F. Goodchild, et al; Geographic Information Systems & Science, John Wiley & Sons, 3rd edition (2011); Text book Graphics: Van Haaften, A.; Tekentaal, codificaties en projecties in ontwerptekeningen, Wageningen University | Landscape Architecture, 2nd edition, (2011); Practical Manual GIS: Kempen, B. van , W. ten Haaf (ed); Introduction Geo-Information Science and Graphics - Practical Manual,Wageningen University-GRS (latest edition).

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc4WD
Verplicht voor: WURDPBSc Minor Regional Development and Planning4WD