GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised24
Practical intensively supervised28
Problem-based learning8
Course coordinator(s)ing. WTh ten Haaf
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
PFM Wenting
dr. H Bartholomeus
dr. ir. A Ligtenberg
ing. WTh ten Haaf
dr. ir. L Kooistra
CR Sabajo
BSc JA Verstegen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. AK Bregt
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Continuation courses:

GRS-20306, GRS-20806, a thesis subject of 21 credits.


Via the geo-information cycle main concepts, main technology and impact on society of Geo-Information Science are introduced. This cycle consists of describing, analysing and realising of real world features and processes via spatial data and information. Main concepts are based on the notion of models (conceptual, formal and technical), geographical attributes (thematical, geometrical, temporal), geo-reference, geo-data structure, methods and techniques (for example algorithms) to realize the geo-information cycle (capture, storage, query, process, transform and visualize). Besides, examples are given to apply the geo-information cycle into research projects of different spatially oriented environmental sciences.

Learning outcomes:

After this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognise the basic terms of Geo-information Science;
- understand and illustrate the geo-information cycle and the main concepts in Geo-information Science;
- demonstrate and apply elementary GIS and Remote Sensing software skills.


- study text books after introductory lectures;
- practise concepts by case studies and assignments;
- practise these concepts by use of geo-information systems and remote sensing software.


Overall individual theoretical exam and a final group assignment.


Chang, K., Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, McGraw-Hill, 3rd edition (2006) or 4th edition (2007); Syllabus: Clevers, J. (ed) 'introduction remote sensing' (2006)

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc4WD
BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2MO
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2MO
BESEnvironmental SciencesBScB: Environmental Quality and Systems Analysis3WD
Restricted Optional for: MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc1MO, 4WD
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc1MO
Restricted Optional for: WUGISBSc Minor Geo-information for Environment and Society1MO, 4WD
WUILWBSc Minor International Land and Water Management2MO