Study Environment

What is provided?
Study/learning materials consist of presentations, graphics, animations, and texts explaining the underlying concepts and their application to solving problems. They are designed to effectively and efficiently aid student knowledge acquisition. The majority of these materials are made available through an e-Learning platform called Moodle. The adopted approach ensures easy maintenance of the materials and availability of their latest version.

UNIGIS@Salzburg has arranged for licences for products as well as demo, freeware, and shareware. The licensed products such as ArcGIS and Extensions (ESRI) is extensively used in both programmes. Active participants can use various GIS software packages for free within a limited period of time, for example ERDAS Imagine. Partner institutions provide information about the availability of specific software.

What is required?
The following is a minimum specification for an UNIGIS workplace (recommendation is given in brackets):

  • 3,2 GHz Intel Core Duo or Xeon Processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 12 GB space on hard disk
  • 64-Bit system
  • Graphics card: this is mainly driven by ArcGIS Pro - see ESRI's specification here
  • CPU: quad-core
  • Broadband Internet (!)
  • Headset and Webcam
  • Printer (recommended)
  • DVD-disk (recommended)

Software specification

  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 (64-bit). Professional and Enterprise - Windows 7 (64-bit) Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional or Home Premium - Windows 10 (64-bit) Home, Pro and Enterprise. Specific support for MAC or Linux computers is not available, but MAC computers have been successfully used.
  • Desktop Software: During your UNIGIS studies you have access to several software free of charge as long as you use them for non-commercial purposes. MS Office is recommended but alternative software (e.g. Open Office) with a possibility to generate PDF-documents can be used.
  • Communication: Mainly through a stable email-address. Moodle Discussion Fora, GoToMeeting, Skype and GoogleTalk offer an alternative for communication.
  • GIS software required in various modules (ArcGIS Pro, ERDAS Image Professional) will be provided for free for a limited period of time by UNIGIS@Salzburg.
  • Browser: current version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer is required.