Geographic Information Systems
Cod: 21104
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Environmental Science and Technology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This course introduces fundamental concepts for the development of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the techniques and tools for an GIS project implementation. Some practical exercises will be conducted using an GIS software.

  1. Geographical Information Systems
  2. Geographical Information Science
  3. Environmental Sciences
  4. Space Representation

• Applying concepts associated with geographical information science
• Identifying GIS potentialities and current problems during their implementation.
• Using techniques and tools for an GIS project implementation.
• Designing GIS projects applied to Environmental Sciences.

Basic concepts on Geographic Information Science
Spatial representation and GIS tools.

Use of the software ArcGIS Desktop  and some of its extensions for the development of a GIS project; Examples of application to environmental sciences will be given.

Mandatory (available on-line)

Documentation provided online (including tutorials with Argis practical exercises) in the Curricular Unit webpage.

Cosme, A. (2012). Projeto em Sistemas de Informação Geográfica (1º ed.). Edições Lidel. Lisboa.


Matos, J. (2008). Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica. 5º edição. Edições Lidel. Lisboa.

Burrough P.; McDonneel, R. (1998). Principles of Geographical Information Systems. Oxford University Press.



Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students will have to install the software ArcGIS that will be provided by the teacher.