GIS (Geographical Information System) for rural landscape

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to give to the students the methodological and technical knowledge useful to design, build and manage GIS (Geographical Information Systems), with particular regard to rural landscape planning issues.
Expected learning outcomes
The students will be able to: -design and build GIS; -use methodologies and techniques based on GIS technology for rural landscape assessment and planning; -use GIS trough practical exercises.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods
The lessons will be held online using Microsoft Teams in synchronous mode during the scheduled time. The lessons will be recorded and made available to students for viewing in asynchronous mode.
Student will be provided with GIS software to be installed on own personal computer (o.s. windows).
Two face-to-face lessons can be scheduled (presentation of the course, instructions for producing the report required for the exam, discussion). In any case these lessons can be followed online.

Program and reference materials
Program and reference material will not change. The recordings of the lesson will be available with other video.

Learning verification
Examination using Microsoft Teams.
Course syllabus
The program provides the presentation of the following topics:

Principles of cartography, coordinate systems and cartographic projections, digital cartography.
Information technologies for landscape representation.
Meaning of GIS.
GIS components and functions.
Databases (spatial data and attributes).
Vector and raster data.
Management of table of attributes.
Spatial data acquisition, digitizing.
Spatial data editing.
Data visualization, types of classification (categories, quantities), legends creation.
Data selection and query.
Preparing maps for print (layout).
Geoprocessing and spatial analysis (overlay, buffer, clip, dissolve, etc.).
Altimetry, creation of digital elevation models, creation of elevation maps and slope maps.
GIS for assessment of territorial resources and landscape planning.
Concret cases of use of GIS technology within rural landscape analysis and planning, creation of thematic maps; applications to study areas.

The topics will be treated indicatively in the order shown above.
Contents of the program are the same also for non-attending students.
Prerequisites for admission
Not required
Teaching methods
Lessons including elements of theory, use of GIS software, exercises, concrete cases of use of GIS technology on study areas. Attendance is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Slides of the lessons, descriptions of the main GIS functions, and other documents available on Ariel portal (in Italian).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam on the topics covered in the course and discussion of the report. To take the exam, is required the preparation of a brief report, accompanied with maps realized with GIS, regarding the analysis of a territorial theme applied to a study area.
The evaluation parameters include: knowledge of the matter, quality of the report and ability to critical discussion, quality of exposition.
Lessons: 48 hours