Academic Year 2016/2017 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Claudia Arcidiacono
Credit Value: 6
Taught classes: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The main objective of the course is to provide expertise for the development of professional and disciplinary skills in new technologies for the land and the environment, by means of concepts, methods and tools for the modern management of spatial information. To this aim theoretical knowledge related to Geographic Information Systems and knowledge needed to extract environmental information from remote sensing images to be used in Geographic Information Systems will be provided. The course will also provide basic knowledge on the use of GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS from ESRI, QGIS) for the management of geographic data in vector and raster formats, the performance of spatial analysis as well as data thematic representation and print.

Detailed Course Content

Notes on cartographic representation. Introduction to GIS: definitions, components, functions. Devices and file types in GIS. The data and data sources in GIS. The scale in GIS. The concept of georeferencing. The data model. The concept of topology. The DBMS. The analysis of the data. Spatial analysis and analysis based on attributes. The thematic representation. Practice using ArcGIS and QGIS: file management commands, commands to change settings, control data management, and attributes; management commands operations on the data, commands related to data analysis, controls related to thematic classifications of data, display commands, thematic data, commands related to printing data. Remote sensing: concepts, principles and definitions; sensors and satellites; notes on visual interpretation and image processing.

Textbook Information

  1. Emanuela Caiaffa. 2012. ECDL GIS. La rappresentazione cartografica e i fondamenti del GIS. McGraw-Hill
  2. Niccolò Dainelli. 2011. L’osservazione della Terra – Telerilevamento. Dario Flaccovio Editore.
  3. ArcGIS (ESRI) Handbook