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Introduction to GIS & GPS

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A comprehensive five day course with theory, practical exercises, field work, group assignments and assessments presented at the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) at the University of the Free State (UFS). The course will be presented using ArcGIS 10.

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When Nov 05, 2018 08:00 AM to
Nov 09, 2018 04:00 PM
Where Bloemfontein
Contact Name
Contact Phone +27 (0)51 401 3960
Attendees Persons interested in learning GIS and spatial analysis skills;
Local, Provincial and National Government Officials;
Students with an Environmental or Agricultural focus;
Town and Regional Planners;
Environmental Consultants;
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This five day course will guide delegates through the process of preparing, analysing and interpreting spatial data with the aid of spatial analysis tools. The course also serves as a foundation for our intermediate level GIS course: Hydrological Modelling and Terrain Analysis using Digital Elevation Models.

Outline of Course Content

The following topics will be covered:

  • History and theory of GIS and GPS
  • Theory of spatial data structures; raster vs vector data formats; representing features as points, lines and polygons
  • Coordinate reference systems
  • Exploration of modern GIS and GPS systems; using ArcGIS to load, explore, and display spatial data; panning, zooming, layer visibility; layer properties; using a GPS to map spatial coordinates
  • Working with data layers
  • Symbolisation of spatial data
  • Spatial analysis
  • Interpretation of spatial analysis
  • Map design


The University of the Free State is an accredited higher education provider.

NQF Level and Assessment Type

NQF Level 5. Assessment will be done through practical assessments and class presentations. Attendance certificates will be awarded by the UFS after completion of the course.

Admission Requirements

Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification.

Course Fee

R7500 per delegate (CEM at UFS is exempt from VAT).

All course notes, refreshments and a light lunch are included.

Limited space available.

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