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Centre for Geoinformation Science

CE at UP courses in 2014

Certificate Course in Introductory Geographic Information Systems
Certificate Course in Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GIS Professional Practice
Introduction to Geoinformation Standards
Introduction to Quantum GIS
Spatial databases with PostGIS
Remote Sensing
The Basics of GIS

Certificate Course in Introductory Geographic Information Systems

 

BRIEF 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completion of this course, delegates should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to:
- design a new GIS project;
- acquire data from various sources;
- build an integrated geodatabase;
- analyse the data; and
- communicate the results.

CONTENT

Code

Module

Workshop Date

IINT

Course Introduction and GIS software

2 – 4 Apr 2014

IGIS

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

 

IVIS

Visualisation and Map-making

 

IPRO

Projections and spatial referencing

18 Jul 2014

IDSQ

Data Source Quality and Standards

 

IGEO

Geodatabase for GIS

22 – 23 Sept 2014

ISPA

Spatial analysis

6 – 8 Oct 2014

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Delegates from all application fields interested in obtaining skills in GIS.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Matric with a workable knowledge of MS Windows. Access to a computer & internet for download of modules. Access to internet for monthly assessments.

ACCREDITATION
Short courses and certificate programmes presented by the University of Pretoria through CE at UP are not unit standard based and not credit bearing on the National Qualifications Framework.

DURATION
This is a web-based programme consisting of seven modules presented over seven months with four compulsory workshops and one optional workshop.

ASSESSMENT
After successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria.

COURSE FEE
The course fee is R17 750.00 and includes course material, textbook, lunch and refreshments during the workshops. Final date for registration and payment: 21 March 2014


REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES

 

Samedah Davis: 012 420 6342, info.ce@up.ac.za

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES
Sanet Eksteen: 012 420 3546, sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za
Erika Pretorius, 012 420 3737, erika.pretorius@up.ac.za
Gavin Fleming: 084 596 5680, gavin at afrispatial dot co dot za 

 

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Certificate Course in Advanced Geographic Information Systems

BRIEF DESCRIPTION
The purpose of this course is to further the delegate’s theoretical and practical knowledge of 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completion of the course the delegates should be able to:
- explain the difference between the various data models;
- analyse data using vector and raster methods in multi-criteria analysis;
- understand some advanced topics in raster data analysis; and
- design and implement a GIS project.

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT

 

Code

Module

Workshop Dates

 

ADAM

Data models

1 Mar 2014

 

AGEO

Geodatabases

24 – 25 Apr 2014

 

AVEC

Data Analysis – Vector

 

 

ARAS

Data Analysis – Raster

24 – 27 Jun 2014

 

ARES

Remote Sensing

16 – 18 Jul 2014

 

ATSA

Topics in Advanced Spatial Analysis

28 – 29 Aug 2014

 

ALAW

GIS Legislation

 

 

APRO

GIS Project

20 – 21 Nov 2014

 

 

 

 

*Optional workshop: GIS software (ArcGIS)*

2 - 4 April 2014

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Delegates from all application fields with prior theoretical and practical knowledge of GIS.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
This is a web-based programme consisting of eight modules presented over nine months with six compulsory workshops. 
An optional workshop introducing the GIS software may be attended at an additional cost

ACCREDITATION
Short courses and certificate programmes presented by the University of Pretoria through CE at UP are not unit standard based and not credit bearing on the National Qualifications Framework. 

CERTIFICATION
After successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a certificate of successful completion from the University of Pretoria. 

COURSE FEES
The course fee is R23 500.00; includes course material and refreshments during the contact sessions. Final date for registration and payment: 17 February 2014. There is no prescribed text book for this course.


REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES
Sanet Eksteen: 012 420 3546, sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za
Erika Pretorius, 012 420 3737, erika.pretorius@up.ac.za

 

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GISc Professional Practice

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. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After the completion of the course, delegates will be able to:
- Discuss the meaning of GISc, a profession and the GISc as a profession
- Critically discuss the pros and cons of GISc as a profession, with particular reference to South Africa 
- Critically discuss the professional and ethical issues relevant to GISc within and between organisations 
- Discuss, analyse and evaluate different types of professional practices and partnerships 
- Discuss the role of international societies and associations in geomatics and their relevance to GISc business in South Africa 
- Interpret the PLATO legislation and rules 
- Interpret the relevant legislation pertaining to GISc business practice in South Africa

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT 
- Professionalism
- Professional ethics and social responsibility
- Professional practices, partnerships and client relationships
- International associations and societies in geomatics
- PLATO legislation and rules
- Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, Promotion of Access to Information Act, Copyright, Intellectual Property Act

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 
Delegates who intend to apply for professional registration with PLATO. 

ADMISSION
Relevant qualification for registration with PLATO.

ACCREDITATION 
Short courses and certificate programmes presented by the University of Pretoria through CE at UP are not unit standard based and are not credit bearing on the National Qualifications Framework.

2014 DATES 
The two compulsory workshops will take place at the University of Pretoria on the following dates: 
16-18 July 2014 and 29 September - 1 October  2014
Six assignments have to be submitted online, three after each workshop. 
The three hour written exam takes place in November/December at the University of Pretoria. The date and time will be announced after the first workshop.

CERTIFICATE
Delegates who pass the six assignments and the three hour written exam will receive a certificate of successful completion from the University of Pretoria. 

2014 COURSE FEES 
The course fee is R8,800.00 (VAT inclusive) and includes course material, lunch and refreshments during the workshops. The course fee is payable by the start date of the course. 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Enrol and pay for 2014 courses before 1st December and pay 2013 fees (R7,500.00).

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES 
Serena Coetzee 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

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Introduction to Geoinformation Standards

ISO/TC 211, Geographic Information/Geomatics, has produced a number of standards with regards to geographic information. The aim of this standardisation work is to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth. These standards, amongst others, specify methods, tools and services for acquisition, processing, management, analysis, access, presentation and transfer of geographic information in digital format between different users, systems and locations. ISO/TC 211 collaborates with the Open Geospatial Consortium Inc (OGC) on standards development. OGC publishes specifications for geospatial and location-based services, among these the more well known are the Web Map Service (WMS) and the Web Feature Service (WFS).

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the programme, delegates should be able to:
- know where to find international standards with regards to geographic information;
- be able to read and interpret a standard;
- understand how to implement a standard; and
- be able to determine whether a standard implementation conforms to the standard.

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT
In the course the following will be addressed:
- International standards on geographic information.
- Abstract, meta-, information and service standards.
- Implementation of a standard for geographic information.
- Conformance with a standard for geographic information.
- A number of standards which have been selected as study material for the course.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The course is aimed at people working in the GIS industry. A basic knowledge of GIS is required.

ACCREDITATION
The University of Pretoria is an accredited higher education provider. CPD points can be obtained for course attendance.  

2014 DATES
Full day attendance on campus for two days of eight hours each on 14 - 15 July 2014.

CERTIFICATE
A University of Pretoria certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the assessment.  

COURSE FEES 
The course fee is R5 000 per delegate and includes course material, lunch and refreshments. The course fee is payable by the start date of the course.

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES
Serena Coetzee: 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

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Introduction to Quantum GIS

This short course introduces Quantum GIS (QGIS) as an open source geographic information system software package. The basic tools and functionality of the software will be demonstrated, as well as a number of more advanced functions. Participants will get hands-on experience of the software in order to gain a clear and concise understanding of its usage.   

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES 
Sanet Eksteen: 012 420 3546, sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za
Erika Pretorius, 012 420 3737, erika.pretorius@up.ac.za

Remote Sensing

The purpose of this course is to further the delegate's theoretical and practical knowledge of remote sensing techniques and applications. The course introduces the principles of remote sensing, in particular covering three main areas:

- Introduction to remote sensing;
- Remote sensing platforms and sensors; and
- Remote sensing data and analysis  

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES 
Dr Joel Botai: 012 420 2170, joel.botai@up.ac.za

Spatial Databases with PostGIS

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completion of the course delegates should be able to:
- create a spatial database in PostGIS;
- load spatial data into a PostGIS database;
- view spatial data in a PostGIS database from QGIS;
- manipulate and query spatial data with SQL; and
- tune PostgreSQL for efficient spatial data access.

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT
The course covers the following topics:
- Object-relational databases with PostgreSQL
- Spatial databases with PostGIS
- Manipulate and query spatial databases with SQL
- Configuring PostgreSQL and PostGIS for spatial data

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The course is aimed at people working in the GIS industry who want to use PostGIS spatial databases in their work. A basic knowledge of GIS is required.

ACCREDITATION
The University of Pretoria is an accredited higher education provider. PLATO CPD points can be obtained for course attendance. 

2014 DATES
Full day attendance on campus for five days of eight hours each on 9-13 June 2014.

CERTIFICATE 
A University of Pretoria certificate is awarded to delegates who successfully complete the theory and practical assessment.

2014 COURSE FEES 
The course fee is R7,719.00 (VAT inclusive) and includes course material, lunch and refreshments. The course fee is payable by the start date of the course

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES 
Dr Serena Coetzee: 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za
Gavin Fleming: 084 596 5680, gavin at afrispatial dot co dot za

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The Basics of GIS

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.

COURSE CONTENT
The practical aspects of the course will be illustrated and practised by using ArcGIS 10. Although this course is not only about the software, delegates will have sufficient knowledge by the end of this course to do an easy GIS project using ArcGIS 10. The understanding of the theoretical and practical principles of GIS, together with experience in ArcGIS 10, will allow delegates to apply these principles to other GIS software packages.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completion of this course, delegates should have the theoretical and practical knowledge to design a new GIS project, acquire data from various sources, build an integrated GIS database, analyse the data and communicate the results.

WHO SHOULD ENROL?
People working in a GIS environment will benefit to a great extent.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Delegates should have at least a grade 12 qualification and a workable knowledge of Windows 2000.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND VENUE
This is a 3-day course, presented at the University of Pretoria.

ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION
Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance. The recommended NQF level is 5.

COURSE FEE (NO VAT PAYABLE)
R5100 per delegate, including all course material and refreshments. Final date of registration: 10 July 2014.

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES 
Samedah Davis: 012 420 5015, info.ce@up.ac.za 

COURSE CONTENT ENQUIRIES 
Sanet Eksteen 012 420 3546, sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za
Erika Pretorius, 012 420 3737, erika.pretorius@up.ac.za

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