Geographic Information Systems
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MB021B
Credits (ECTS)6
Category02 (Introductory with prior knowledge)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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dr. F. Bregoli
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.M.J. Ragas
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.M.J. Ragas
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A.M.J. Ragas
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. P.E. Vermeiren
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW4  (05/04/2021 to 31/08/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksMaximum capacity: 50. Bachelor Biology students in the Man and the Environment trajectory have priority
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
The student can apply GIS concepts and technologies to analyse spatial problems in biology and the environmental sciences.
GIS is an instrument (often a software package) that is used to study and analyse spatial data. Some of the major issues facing society today have a geographical component. This explains why GIS is used for a wide variety of applications and in a wide variety of sectors, for example:
  • Production of (topographic) maps;
  • Route planners for cars and public transport;
  • Delivery of mail;
  • Studying the dispersal of diseases;
  • Analysis of pollutant dispersal;
  • Analysis of vegetation patterns in nature development areas;
  • Spatial planning (e.g., of cities and residential areas);
  • Percision bombings;
  • Studying the dispersal of species and genes.
This GIS Course familiarizes you with GIS concepts and technology. The course focuses on GIS applications in biology and environmental studies. You will learn to think "geographically" and apply GIS software. After the course you will be able to recognize and indicate the capabilities of GIS for analysing biological and environmental issues.

Instructional Modes
  • Response course
  • Lecture
  • Presentation
  • Self-study

Presumed foreknowledge
The course is open to all BSc and MSc students of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Students of other faculties have to submit a motivated request to participate in the course to the course coordinator. It is expected that students have affinity with natural science issues. The course material is English.
Test information
  • written report1, counts for 25%, minimum grade 6.0
  • written report2, counts for 25%, minimum grade 6.0
  • group project, counts for 50%, minimum grade 5.5
  • Specifics
    • The course focuses on theory and mastering practical GIS skills.
    • The course ends with group project that lasts 5 working days.
    • There will be a maximum of students that can participate. Enrolment is based on date and time of enrolment and will happen automatically. ('first come first serve').
    • If the maximum capacity is exceeded, students in the Man and the Environment have priority, so please make sure to enrol for a back-up course in time!
    Required materials
    Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver, An introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Prentice Hall (Pearson Education), Fourth Edition

    Instructional modes
    Course occurrence

    28 hrs of project work in groups

    Practical computer training
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Sustainability certificate
    Attendance MandatoryYes

    Writing assignment - Understanding GIS
    Test weight1
    Test typeAssignment
    OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4

    Writing assignment - Data Handling
    Test weight1
    Test typeAssignment
    OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4

    Group project
    Test weight2
    Test typeProject
    OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4