Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 1: Introduction

7.5 Credits
First Cycle
School of Culture and Society
Subject field
Human Geography (KGA)
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Human Geography1
Tourism Studies2
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 02 February 2024.
This syllabus is valid from 02 February 2024.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • explain basic concepts relating to GIS
  • obtain and use geographic data that is publicly available
  • explain the basic principles of cartography
  • produce simple maps using GIS software
  • conduct basic analyses using GIS software

Course Content

The course introduces basic theoretical and practical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It covers fundamental cartographic principles for creating thematic maps as well as various methods for processing and analysing geographical data. In addition, the course explores the way geographic data can be obtained from different authorities, the production of simple maps using GIS software, and the application of methods for geographic data analysis.




  • Written assignments
  • Online exam


The grading scale used for the final course grade is U–VG.

Grades are reported as follows:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 1: Introduction - 7.5 Credits | U–VG

Entry Requirements

  • General entry requirements

Other Information

This course cannot be counted towards the same degree along with courses that have equivalent content.

If the student has received a decision/recommendation granting study support from Dalarna University because of a disability, then the examiner has the right to offer an alternative examination arrangement. The examiner takes into account the objectives in the course syllabus when deciding whether the examination can be adapted in accordance with the decision/recommendation.