GIS Courses

The following is a list of the courses and descriptions that i completed at COGS.

Course Name




Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing

REMS 5001

75 hours

This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles and applications of remote sensing technology. The specification and use of airborne and space-borne imagery for the investigation of various earth resources and environmental monitoring will be discussed. Applied learning opportunities will be provided in the laboratory and field relating to the applications of remote sensing.

GIS and Spatial Data Analysis

GISY 5004

90 hours

This course is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, applications and data analysis. Learners will gain experience in data input, processing, analysis, and final-map-product creation following technology advancements and industry standards. The history of the technology, along with the interrelationship amongst GIS and other sciences and technologies are also discussed. State-of-the-art GIS software will be used to carry out practical assignments concerned with assembling and processing data from a variety of sources and formats.

GIS Database Fundamentals

GISY 5003

60 hours

This course introduces learners to principles and techniques of relational database design as applied to spatial databases. While the basic concepts and theories of database will be introduced, the focus will be on applying technical skills used in spatial-database implementation. Learners will gain a basic insight into database systems terminology and issues facing database managers and analysts.

Introduction to Geodesy

GEOM 5002

30 hours

This course exposes learners to basic geodesy concepts and Global Positioning System (GPS) skills required to properly handle geospatial data for the geomatics industry. Learners will become familiar with various aspects of GPS positioning in both theory and project-based applications. The relationship between GPS techniques and datums/projections will be explored as well as the accuracy of autonomous GPS. Commonly used quality-control techniques for maintaining the integrity of computed positions will be demonstrated as well.

Mapping Fundamentals

GEOM 5001

30 hours

This course covers basic topics in geomatics that are essential to develop fundamental mapping skills in the geographic sciences. Principles of cartography and spatial exploratory data analysis, as applicable to choropleth mapping topics, are discussed. Learners explore hands-on activities providing opportunities to gain vital experience in basic map design, reading, interpretation and analysis.

Programming Fundamentals for Geographic Sciences

PROG 5000

90 hours

This course is intended for those with minimal or no prior programming experience and exposes the learner to object-based programming in various environments. Beginning with basic assignments and progressing toward Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) related data manipulation; learners will apply programming theory to a range of tasks.

Spatial Thinking

GEOM 5003

30 hours

This course focuses on spatial thinking, spatial perception, and the ways thinking and perception influence mental mapping and spatial behaviour. Spatial thinking is a key component to the successful use of geospatial technology, starting from designing projects to mapping and interpreting results.

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

GISY 6020

75 hours

This course allows the learner to addresses a number of advanced issues in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology including ways to use various data models, programming techniques, and means to manage large data sets and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in GIS and Spatial Data Analysis (GISY 5004). Topics include digital elevation modeling and 3D display, systems building, raster data modeling and image integration, object modeling, and large spatial database management. Custom applications will be developed utilizing a number of programming languages.

Information Systems

GISY 6021

75 hours

This course introduces learners to Relational Database Management Systems and makes extensive use of the Oracle RDBMS. Learners identify, qualify, and classify the data needs of end users and to build logical models to represent these needs with Entity-Relationship Diagrams. Formal strategies for data normalization will be introduced and used to finalize entity and attribute decisions. Learners will implement their models as working Oracle databases using SQL scripts. Throughout this course learners will be learning to use the Structured Query Language (SQL), the Oracle environment (SQLPlus), and Oracle's procedural language for SQL (PL/SQL) in a UNIX environment.

Applied Geomatics Research Project

GISY 6044

75 hours

The Applied Geomatics Research course is an opportunity for the learner to work in a project-oriented environment on an application of choice, compile required data sets (if necessary), use various software tools, complete the development/analysis of the project and fully document findings. The projects will include project definition, database definition, data collection, learning software, data manipulation, data analysis and presentation. Projects are often completed in conjunction with an outside contact and/or in association with one of the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) Research Associates.

Digital Mapping Techniques

GISY 6053

45 hours

This modular based course is delivered in two portions. The first will cover the production of a nautical chart and the second will involve ocean mapping techniques. Nautical charts portray the legal description of navigable waterways. The detail and accuracy of this unique type of mapping data is of paramount importance to mariners, both professional and recreational. This course provides an opportunity for the learner to become familiar with Canadian Hydrographic Service data as distributed by Nautical Data International and use this data to generate a CHS standard chart.

Location Analysis

BUGE 6017

45 hours

This course introduces the learner to locational and network methods and techniques used in spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to address a broad range of business-related applications. Consideration will be given to the knowledge, skills and processes of system dynamics that impact where a facility should be located. The learner will investigate standard techniques and solution methods for many of the locational problems society faces today.

MapInfo Professional/Vertical Mapper

GISY 6026

45 hours

This software package provides a complete environment for user-friendly thematic mapping, extremely powerful SQL querying and many typical GIS operations. Learners will also learn how to use Vertical Mapper, a grid-based contouring, modeling and display system. Vertical Mapper runs from within MapInfo and brings the power of raster GIS into this package.

Network Analysis

BUGE 6027

45 hours

Students will have demonstrated an ability to solve location problems using GIS. Tools include: Arc Macro Language (AML) as a means to customize location analysis; creating form menus, using AML directives and functions; implementing models for calculating statistics for trade area and for analyzing the distribution of customers.

Serving Maps on the Internet

BUGE 6020

45 hours

The convergence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with the internet technology is transforming the uses of GIS and availability of spatial data. Industry standard software packages will be used for a completion of tutorials and learner projects. Learners will study server-based web mapping software tools. Theories and principles behind internet mapping, including distributed component technologies, graphic designs and network communications will be explored.