Spring 2020 - GEOG 355 D100

Geographical Information Science II (4)

Class Number: 3182

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SECB 1010, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Aateka Shashank
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 255.



An examination of technical components of GIS. Topics include spatial representations, generalization and data management; computational algebra and set theory; digital surfaces and terrain models. Quantitative.


Course Details
Geographical Information Science (GIS) is a unique amalgamation of geographical principles, computer science and mathematics. This course will examine theoretical, geographical and technical components of GIS, from spatial representation to matrix algebra to new spatial media. Emphasis will be maintained, however, on the quality and completeness of GIS data, data structures, and processing. The course will include discussion on representation, data input and quality, data structures, raster storage and analysis, vector storage and analysis, visualization and cognition, scale and generalization, and geographic objects with uncertain boundaries. By prying below the surface of GIS, the course will enable students to better understand the complexities of computing, spatial representation and the fundamentals of GISci. The labs will focus on a combination of vector and raster data analysis.

This course can be applied towards the Certificate in Spatial Information Systems.
Labs will begin the week of January 6th.


  • Lab assignments 30%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final Project 25%
  • Participation 5%
  • Final exam 25%


Grading scheme subject to change



QGIS is an open-source GIS software that will be available for use on computers in the SIS labs but can also be downloaded for free for Windows, Mac and Linux OS. Instructions on which software version and how to download will be shared during the first week of labs.


TBA; will be open source and available online through the SFU library

Registrar Notes:

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