Geographic Information Systems – Medium level

Department of Mathematics

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Course Type

Non Degree Course

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General Objectives of the Course
Tuition on modelling and creating geographical information with surfaces and networks, as well as execution of analysis operations with these types of information.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Participants will become familiar with the types of information that can be modelled as surfaces, and the data structures that can be used, namely Triangular Irregular Networks (TIN) and regular grids. The participants will also come across several interpolation methods that can be used to generate surfaces using several types of data. Particular attention will be given to the generation of Digital Terrain Models and the most common analysis operations used on this type of models, namely creation of slope, aspect and visibility maps, as well as the extraction of drainage networks and hydrographic basins. The participants will also know how to structure a network and how to perform analysis operations on networks that enable the identification of several types of pre-requisites.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants are typically technicians or chartered engineers, from either private or public institutions, whose professional activity deals with the need of storing, manipulating, and managing geospatial information and thus need to update their GIS technology skills. Applicant selection will be based upon both CV and personal motivations.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation n.º 339/2012, published in Official Gazette no. 152, 2. Grade, August 7th (Regulation of Creation and Operation of non-degree courses at the UC).
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Applicants will have to accomplish a course work individually or in groups. The successful completion of the course implies that a candidate obtains a final mark greater than or equal to 10 (out of 20).
Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019