Advanced Geoinformatics

Course content

This course constitutes the introduction to the MSc specialization in Geoinformatics (in combination with its counterpart in Remote Sensing).  The course's primary aim is to position its participants firmly at the most advanced level concerning theories and applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geoinformatics in general. This is done within a multi-disciplinary framework rooted in the field of Geography. A secondary aim is an alignment of competences acquired at the BSc level to provide all participants with the necessary skills and software platform knowledge for the advanced courses within the MSc specialization in Geoinformatics.

The course covers a number of topics under the following themes: Advanced use of GIS for applications within Geography; Theories of spatial analysis and GIS; Advanced methods for spatial analysis and modeling; Introduction to different GIS data models; Data editing and data capture; Spatial database management systems (DBMS); Spatio-temporal data analysis; Visualization and communication of spatial information; Web-based GIS and Web-based cartography.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject

Learning outcome


  • Theories of advanced GIS and Geoinformatics,
  • Advanced application of GIS and Geoinformatics in spatial analysis,
  • GIS data models,
  • Spatial database management systems (DBMS), 
  • Spatio-temporal data analysis,
  • Strategies for mapping, disseminating and communicating geographical information
  • Dissemination of GIS data in a web-based environment



  • Read scientific literature related to the course subjects,
  • Apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theories and data related to the course subjects,
  • Build critical approaches to spatial data offered by various providers,
  • Use scientific definitions and terms correctly,
  • Give short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of results from hands-on exercises,
  • Write short, concise reports concerning problems and solutions related to advanced GIS usage



  • Ability to address complex scientific problems by linking advanced knowledge from Geoinformatics and Geography.

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

  • Please see the Absalon course page

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 min
Type of assessment details
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 and includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is provided after the oral exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 2
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Thomas Balstrøm   (2-7a68466f6d7434717b346a71)
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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