Description: The purpose of this course is to teach the basic principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including both the theoretical background and a hands-on component, illustrating the theoretical concepts in practice.
Description: This course provides a practical introduction to PostgreSQL with PostGIS, covering the following major themes of spatial databases: installing and configuring PostGIS, viewing PostGIS data in a desktop GIS, spatial SQL queries, spatial joins and spatial indexing. Although the theory is explained, most of the time during the course will be spent on practical examples, ensuring that delegates understand how to view spatial data, query spatial databases, etc. The course aims to equip the delegates with the necessary skills and knowledge to use spatial databases in the daily operations of their respective jobs.
Description: During this course the practical use of geographic information standards will be demonstrated. Upon completion of the course, delegates will know how to read, interpret and implement a geographic information standard. A selected number of ISO/TC 211 and South African national standards, such as ISO 19115, Geographic Information - Metadata, the South African address standard (SANS 1883) and some OGC web service standards, will be studied during the course.
Description: The purpose of this course is to further the delegate’s theoretical and practical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) while enhancing their spatial thinking capabilities. This programme will offer more advanced principals of data acquisition, management and analysis when working with a GIS. This course will also focus on specific problems which may arise while working with GIS data. A Student version of the software used will be supplied to each delegate. This is an evaluated distance learning programme, which includes compulsory workshops and continuous assessments.
Description: The course covers the Professional Practice theme described in the academic model of the South African Council for Professional Land and Technical Surveyors (PLATO). Topics include professionalism, professional ethics, social responsibility, professional practices, partnerships, client relationships, PLATO legislation and rules, Acts relevant to geomatics (e.g. Promotion of Access to Information Act, Spatial Data Infrastructure Act) and the role of international associations and societies in geomatics. This is a distance-learning programme presented in the second semester with two compulsory workshops of at least 25 contact hours in total, six written assignments and a three hour written exam.
Description: The purpose of this programme is to teach the theory and practical components of a Geographic Information System (GIS). This programme will introduce GIS and explain the use of GIS in research, problem solving and decision-making. The programme includes a strong practical component to strengthen the understanding of the theoretical concepts. This is an evaluated distance learning programme, which include compulsory workshops and continuous assessments.