General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Introductory GIS
Language English
Module lecturer Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Zwoliński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 45


Lectures by prof. Zbigniew Zwoliński: room 21 on Monday from 16:45 to 18:15 from December 4, 2023.

Computer Lab by dr Mikołaj Majewski: room 12 on Monday and Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:00 from November 28, 2023 (Tuesday). 

All classes take place at Collegium Geographicum, B.Krygowskiego St. 10 until the end of the fall semester (February 2, 2023).

Module aim (aims)

The objective of the course is to teach a basic theoretical and practical understanding of GIS concepts. Emphasis will be put on the spatial data models and structures for geographic information, geographic data storage and managing, spatial analysis, modelling and visualization methods. In the lectures, the theoretical fundamentals of the above topics will be explained. In the laboratory students will apply the theory taught performing hands-on exercises. Students will use geoinformation software.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Bachelor from geography or geodesy or other science about nature. Basic knowledge in Earth system sciences.


Week 1: What is GIS? Fundamentals of GIScience.Week 2: Past, present and future of GIS.Week 3: Spatial data models, coordinate systems and map projections.Week 4: Data entry: scanning and digitalisation, data sources and data integration.Week 5: Data symbology. Data management: building of geodatabase.Week 6: Week 8: Data analysis: querying a geodatabase.Week 7: Data analysis: geoprocessing, interpolation and surface modellingWeek 8: Data analysis: remote sensing and image processing, DEM and hydrological modelling.Week 9: Decision support system.Week 10: Geovisualisation and cartographic design.

Reading list

Longley P.A., Goodchild M.F., Maguire D.J., Rhind D.W., 2011: Geographic Information Systems & Science (3rd Edition). John Wiley & Sons.

Bolstad P., 2008: GIS Fundamentals: A first text on Geographic Information Systems (3rd edition).Eider Press.

Ormsby T., Napoleon E., Burke R., Groessl C., Bowden L., 2008: Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop, Second Edition, Basics of ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo. ESRI Press.

Wilson J.P., Fortheringham A.S., (eds.), 2008: The Handbook of Geographic Information Science, Blackwell Publ.