Earth Observation & Geoinformatics

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Earth Observation & Geoinformatics2019-01-03T14:12:49+00:00

Earth Observation and Geoinformatics

University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS

MANDATORY MODULES

SEMESTERS 1 + 2

The first academic year at PLUS includes the modules B1-B5, 6 ECTS of Elective subjects with a total of 48 ECTS, plus a summer school to be completed as one from the options offered by the Programme Board.

Source: Z_GIS

The course is taught as Interdisciplinary Project (IP) which integrates approaches, concepts and methods from various disciplines for holistic problem solving across disciplines, including practical as well as conceptual synergies. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Source: Z_GIS

The courses are taught as Lab / Practical (UE) which serve the acquisition, testing and optimization of practical skills and knowledge in the field of study or one of its sub-areas. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Or as Pro-seminar (PS) which is a scientifically oriented course in preparation for seminars. Students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills for scientific research through practical as well as conceptual work. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Source: Z_GIS

The courses are taught as Pro-seminar (PS) which is a scientifically oriented course in preparation for seminars. Students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills for scientific research through practical as well as conceptual work. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Or as Seminar (SE) which is a graduate level scientific course. It serves the acquisition of advanced expertise as well as the discussion and reflection of scientific topics based on active participation of the students. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory. The focus of each seminar will be outlined in the course description (e.g. supervision seminar, empirical seminar, project seminar, interdisciplinary seminar, …).

Source: Z_GIS

The courses are taught as Lecture (VO) which provides an overview of a subject or one of its sub-areas and its theoretical approaches and presents different teachings and methods. The contents are mainly presented in lecture style. Attendance is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Or as Pro-seminar (PS) which is a scientifically oriented course in preparation for seminars. Students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills for scientific research through practical as well as conceptual work. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Or as Interdisciplinary Project (IP) which integrates approaches, concepts and methods from various disciplines for holistic problem solving across disciplines, including practical as well as conceptual synergies. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Source: Z_GIS

The courses are taught as Lecture (VO) which provides an overview of a subject or one of its sub-areas and its theoretical approaches and presents different teachings and methods. The contents are mainly presented in lecture style. Attendance is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Or as Pro-seminar (PS) which is a scientifically oriented course in preparation for seminars. Students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills for scientific research through practical as well as conceptual work. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Or as Interdisciplinary Project (IP) which integrates approaches, concepts and methods from various disciplines for holistic problem solving across disciplines, including practical as well as conceptual synergies. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory.

Summer schools will be offered across the entire partnership, in addition the Programme Board will identify additional SS opportunities worldwide.

Electives

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are able to:

  • operate a spatial database system (in particular PostgreSQL),
  • use it to manage and analyse spatial data using spatial operations of the database, and
  • understand the role of a database system within a GI infrastructure.

Content:

  • This class covers the most important concepts for setting up and managing database systems (relational databases), populating databases with data and executing SQL queries.
  • Basic topics about relational databases in general are covered in the first part.
  • The second part focuses on spatial concepts, spatial databases and touches the basics of standardisation, security, data integrity, and optimisation.
  • Some more recent trends coming from big data analytics such as NoSQL, real-time- and in-memory systems will be touched.

Type of exam: continuous assessment

The class is a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions. While the main content will be independent of a specific database system, the PostgreSQL database management system and QGIS will be used. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory. References to relevant literature will be provided.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are able to:

  • Understand current trends of big data in remote sensing and
  • its background as well as
  • applying new concepts and approaches.

Content:

  • Recent trends in Earth observation called "big Earth data"
  • covers or touches topics such as accessing knowledge-based systems & machine learning and processing of massive amount of big data, data cubes, artificial intelligence (knowledge-based systems; machine learning) and possible application areas for continental- or global-scale remote sensing image processing.

Type of exam: continuous assessment

The class is taught as mixture of theoretical and hands-on sessions. Course participation is continuously assessed and attendance is mandatory. References to relevant literature will be provided.

latest update: January 3, 2019