Geographic Information Systems: Syllabus

Uluocha, N.

Learning Object

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to: • define geographic information systems • highlight the essential features of GIS • highlight some of the spatial questions that GIS can help us answer easily trace the historical evolution of GIS • list the factors responsible for the growth of GIS • explain the nature, characteristics, types and sources of geographical data • differentiate between GIS and other related technologies • identify the various components of a typical GIS • state the functions of GIS • discuss the concept of geo-referencing • examine the processes of spatial and attribute data capture and integration • identify the various electronic data storage devices used in GIS and the qualities of good storage devices • outline some of the major data manipulation and analysis operations carried out in GIS • discuss in detail, some of the geographical analysis procedures • examine the issue of data display in a GIS environment • explain document and printing formatting • discuss the concept of data updating • describe the nature, content, and functions of both spatial and non-spatial database systems • examine the conversion from one model format to another • discuss the concept of visualization • identify some areas of GIS application • discuss issues related to GIS implementation.

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National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

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