Introduction to GIS

An  Overview

The purpose of this course is to set the scene for an inquisitive mind that desires to know and understand how Geographical information systems (GIS) works. It provides a general overview of the terms, concepts, and ideas which underlie GIS.

As the course name suggests, a GIS is a tool for working with geographic information. The course will explore what sets GIS apart from other forms of information systems.

GIS have rapidly evolved over the last couple of decades in terms of both technical and processing capabilities, and today are widely used all over the world for a wide range of purposes.

The course is applicable to;

– Urban planners in setting and management of city plans,

– Biologists in epidemiological assessment and analysis,

– Natural hazard response preparation and management,

– Geologists, geo-informatics and mining engineers in identifying suitable site selections,

– Agriculturalists, and foresters in optimising production putting into consideration a number of factors,

– Hydrological engineers in studying water quality and source sustainability,

– Business executives and operators in understanding their market.

– Among other functions.

course modules;

+ An Overview of GIS and it’s Uses

+ GIS Data Types and Projections

+ GIS Data Sources and Formats

+ GIS Software and tools

+ GIS Data Processing & Management