Syllabus for Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Sciences

Tillämpad geoinformatik för geovetenskaper

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1GE039
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Geography A1N, Earth Science A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with (1) 90 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in technology or physics and 30 credits in earth science or Environmental Science. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Manipulate, extract and treat quantitative data from different geodata sources
  • Explain the theoretical principles in the analysis and modelling of geographical data
  • Develop appropriate work plans for spatial analyses and apply these to issues in the earth sciences
  • Interpret and extract information from satellite data for various purposes in the earth sciences
  • Formulate, carry out and present an independent earth science - related project using remote sensing and GIS


The course focuses on various aspects of geoinformatics with applications in the earth sciences, such as the acquisition of data from different sources for application in the earth sciences, geographic data quality, simpler morphometric and selection analyses of spatial data, geostatistics and interpolation, spatial regression analyses, the principles of satellite image interpretation, and the presentation of spatial data. A significant part of the course focuses on computer-based applications, which provides a view of the various possibilities and limitations in the use of GIS and remote sensing in physical geography, hydrology and geology.


Teaching is conducted as lectures and exercises. The course contains a problem-oriented project work that is conducted in groups. Project work, exercises and seminars are mandatory. Subject-integrated communications training, including feedback and self-evaluation, are included in the course.


Assessment is divided amongst exercises (3 credits) and project work (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.