Core Modules

1 Module: Introduction to Geoinformatics

This introductory module has a special position as a first study component of the curriculum. It provides orientation and sets the frame for working with the subsequent modules. Specifically, it supports the development of a personal style working with the distance-learning materials. In addition to these objectives regarding the study format, the following domain-related content is offered:

 

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2 Module: Data Modelling and Data Structures

This module provides a profound overview of common data structures and models of geographic information systems. It explores how the real world around us can be mapped in all its complexity clearly with comprehensible data models and structures. Specific module contents include:

 

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3 Module: Data Sources and Data Acquisition

The third module applies to the aspects of the 'population' of spatial data structures with real-world information. It gives an overview of the diversity of primary and secondary acquisition methods. It thereby creates insight in the genesis and the related suitability for use of spatial data for specific use cases. A substantial part of the access record and listing of important digital resources as well as the development of geographic information by standards-compliant documentation. It will also focus on the management of GI projects. Specific module contents include:

 

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4 Module: Project management and GIS Organisation

The success of geographic information systems in practice is connected to projects with the aim to introduce, extend, or apply GI solutions in an institution. A profound knowledge in the area of project management and organisation thus is an increasingly important competence of GI experts. This module describes the principles and methods of modern project management. Specific module contents include:

 

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5 Module: Geo-database management

In this module, the theoretical foundations of conventional database systems are introduced. On this basis, the knowledge is transferred to spatial data management and geo-database systems. Specific module content includes:

 

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6 Module: OpenGIS and Distributed GI Infrastructures

Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) consists of technology, standards, guidelines and legal aspects, and human resources. This module introduces the key standards specified by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and shows the role of these standards for achieving interoperability in the context of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Specific module content includes:

 

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7 Module: Spatial Analysis

Spatial analysis methods are a central feature of all geographic information systems. This core area of geoinformatics aims at a transfer of domain issues towards an adequate use of analytical methods and tools of the geoinformatics, by adequate problem structuring and conceptualisation. This module introduces the fundamental methods and techniques of geographical analysis. Specific module contents include:

 

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8 Module: Spatial Statistics

This module reviews and reinforces fundamental concepts and techniques of spatial statistics. On this basis, the principle of Spatial autocorrelation as a basis for understanding the specifics of spatial statistics will be presented and the main methods of spatial statistics discussed. Specific module content includes:

 

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9 Module: Visualisation and Cartography

Knowledge on the visual communication of spatial issues is essential, because virtually every GI professional actively designs maps. This module aims at professionals from different domains to take advantage of cartographic data processing for their respective tasks. Specific module content relate to conventional as well as digital publication forms (Web mapping, mobile mapping), including:

 

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