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Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the science behind geographic information technology. It addresses fundamental questions of capturing, maintaining and communicating about space and time at geographic scale in an interdisciplinary manner, involving philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics, logics, geography, computing and artificial intelligence. Students will gain an overview and significant insight into the way of thinking and working in GIScience, and how to collaborate with researchers in this discipline. They receive a rich methodological and practical training in research, as applicable in information science and computer science.
Science and scientific methods (reading, excerpting, reviewing, drafting, use of literature) will be taught in lectures, along with an introduction into definitions and fundamental aspects of GIScience. Then students will apply these methods over the rest of the semester, by carrying out hands-on research project development, realization and reporting.
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Identify and define fundamental theories of geographic space and geographic information
- Classify and interpret current research in Geographic Information Science
- Read and discuss critically research papers and research methodologies
- Develop a research proposal, conduct and experiment, and present the findings.
On successful completion students should have the:
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
- Ability to manage information and documentation
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
- Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Last updated: 2 December 2019