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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Programming, Customization and Automation in GIS

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 4
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Bjarne Fog (2-6468426b6970306d7730666d)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NIGK15021U

Course content

Students aiming for higher technical expertise within Geographical Information Systems (GIS) will need to master a certain level of programming and related techniques for creating customized GIS functionality and/or interfaces. This is also relevant when handling and analysing large datasets.

This course is designed to make powerful scripting and programming tools in GIS available for those who have only little or no experience writing code. The course contains two major parts; the first part introduces a relevant programming language and the second part focus on applications within  a GIS environment. This includes scripts for automation, analysis and data management procedures in GIS as well as development of suitable user interfaces for these scripts.

Learning outcome


Basic programming skills in the context of an open source programming language. Application programming in a GIS environment, using programming scripts as tools for spatial analysis, automation and data management. Development of user interfaces for specific user groups and specific tasks. Management of databases and geodatabases.


  • explain theoretical concepts in basic programming,
  • use and manage databases and geodatabases in a GIS environment,
  • implement solutions in GIS, using a specific programming language,
  • access the suitability of user interface and ability to modify these interfaces to specific purposes,
  • make scripts for automation of processes that need to be repeated often,
  • programming applications or tools for web applications,
  • programming applications for spatial analysis.
  • explain theoretical concepts in basic programming,



Access, analyse and use programming as a tool for maintenance and operation of a Geographical Informations System, as well as making scripts for analysis and presentations in GIS.


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MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics


Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching is exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.


25 students (1 class of 25).




Please see Absalon


Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 136
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 min
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners.


Re-submission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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