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Swayam Central

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

By Prof. Arun K. Saraf   |   IIT Roorkee
The proposed course provides basic understanding about GIS Technology. Presently, GIS is being used extensively in various domains including in civil engineering, water resources, earth sciences, transportation engineering, navigation etc. Google Earth and Google Map are very popular custom designed user friendly GIS products which are widely used for various purposes including in navigation etc.


INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Under graduate engineering and post graduate science students.
                                           Elective Course 
                                           BE / BTech / MSc / PhD
PREREQUISITES : Current students of engineering students and current post graduate science students.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Geoinformatics companies, e.g NIIT, ESRI India, Leica Geoinformatics, MapmyIndia etc.

Learners enrolled: 793

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 21 Feb 2020
Exam Date : 29 Mar 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

      Week-1:
      What is Geographic Information Systems?
      Different components of GIS
      Different types of vector data
      Raster data models and their types
      TIN data model

      Week-2:
      Advantages and disadvantages associated with vector, raster and TIN
      Non-spatial data (attributes) and their type
      Raster data compression techniques
      Different raster data file formats
      Spatial database systems and their types

      Week-3:
      Pre-processing of spatial datasets
      Different map projections
      Spatial interpolation techniques
      Different types of resolutions
      Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

      Week-4:
      Quality assessment of freely available DEMS
      GIS analysis-1
      GIS analysis-2 and applications
      Errors in GIS
      Key elements of maps

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    1. An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4th Edition) by Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver, 2012
    2. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems by Chang Kang-tsung (Karl), 2006
    3. Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction by Tor Bernhardsen, 2005
    4. Geographic Information Systems: A Management Perspective by S. Aronoff, 1991

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Arun K. Saraf

    IIT Roorkee
    Dr. Arun K. Saraf is Ph. D. (Remote Sensing) from University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Presently he is working as Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and teaches courses on Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Advanced GIS, Geomorphology, Geohydrology etc. to under- and post-graduate students of Geological Technology and Applied Geology. He was also Head of Department of Earth Sciences between Jan. 2012 Feb. 2015. He was first in the country to introduce GIS course to post-graduate students in the year 1990. In 1986, he was awarded National Fellowship to Study Abroad by Govt. of India for his doctoral degree. Further, in 1993 he was awarded Indo-US S&T Fellowship and worked in Goddard Space Flight Centre, NASA, USA for Post-Doctoral Research. He has been also awarded National Remote Sensing Award- 2001 by Indian Society of Remote Sensing and GIS Professional of the Year Award-2001 by Map India 2002 for his outstanding research contributions in the fields of Remote Sensing and GIS. Earlier, he has also been given several Khosla Research Awards and Prizes by then University of Roorkee. So far Prof. Saraf has published more than 100 research papers in journals of repute (ISI) and supervised 11 Ph.Ds. He was also Associate Editor of International Journal of Remote Sensing during 2003-2015. Through funding from DST, Min. of Earth Sciences, CSIR, Prof. Saraf has been able to establish and operating NOAA-HRPT Satellite Earth Station at IITR since Oct. 2002, first in any educational institute in the country. This Earth Station is still operational and acquiring data from NOAA-18 & 19 day-and-night. In recent past, Prof. Saraf has also recorded four courses viz. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Introduction to Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing of Satellite Data, Digital Elevation Models and Applications and Global Navigation Satellite Systems under the NPTEL scheme.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 29th March 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments
     given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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