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Principles and Applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (online course)

University of Twente

Certificate / Diploma Short course Enschede

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary An overview is given of System Earth with its various cycles, the basics and application of GIS and earth observation methods.The course is relevant for professionals who deal with geospatial data.
Course description Geographical information science (GIS) and Earth Observation are scientific disciplines that develop methods to extract information about the earth surface and use this information for solving real-world problems. Many tools and services that are now main stream like GPS, route planners in cars and Google Earth were developed by GIScientists. Spatial data, and methods to combine and analyse spatial information can help to solve complex issues concerning health care, water and food security, climate change, urban planning, natural hazards and land scarcity. Are you a professional (scientist of practitioner) with an academic background dealing with geospatial data? Do you have only a limited knowledge of the principles of GIS and earth observation in your application field? Would you like to take a course in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, which is an integral part of a full MSc programme, without having to spend any time away from home? ITC at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) now offers you this opportunity, with a brand-new distance course entitled “Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation: a Systems-based Approach”.
Study subjects The course consists of three separate but connected 5 EC modules: Module 1: Geo-Information Science and Modelling (5 EC) Module 2: Earth Observation (5 EC) Module 3: Data integration: Principles, approaches and user perspectives (5 EC) Each module takes 10 weeks (as opposed to 3 weeks each in full-time face-to-face education)
Course objectives The distance course produces the same learning outcomes and has similar content to the face-to-face course that starts off ITC’s regular Master’s programme in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. Distance education also takes place in a similarly international (albeit virtual) environment. Consequently, this could be a head start of a full MSc or a sensible way for you to get a taste of the full face-to-face programme, and determine whether you’re up to it.
ECTS credits 15.00
Duration 271 day(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
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Admission requirements
  1. Applicants for an online course should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
  2. Computer skills and regular access to internet and e-mail are essential in this course. .
  3. Applicants for an online course should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Professional experience required -
Duration 271 day(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
3 Feb 2020 13 Jan 2020 13 Jan 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (PT)n.a.n.a.€ 3347

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