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Principles of GIS and Earth Observation

Short course GIS and Remote Sensing for Geospatial Problem-Solving

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Geo-information Systems and Science (GIS) and Earth Observation by Remote Sensing (RS) are among the main focus areas at ITC. With the help of GIS and RS we increase our understanding of processes that shape our environment, predict the possible effects of changes, and provide information to support planning and policy making. In this course you will learn the principles of GIS and RS and how to apply them in the handling and processing of geospatial data. The course will take you through the main stages of a geospatial problem solving cycle: from the identification of a geospatial problem, via the exploration and analysis of map data and RS images, to the generation of relevant geospatial information.

For whom is the course relevant?

The course is especially relevant for professionals (scientists and practitioners) with an academic background who deal with geospatial data but who have only a limited knowledge of the principles of GIS and earth observation in their field of application.

If you already have knowledge of the principles of GIS and earth observation you could op for the ten-week course Applications of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

What is the course content?

The course content is organized in different course components. The course starts with an introduction of the geospatial problem-solving approach. Next, the main GIS and RS concepts relevant for the acquisition, management and exploration of geospatial data are considered. The course continues with a focus on the analysis of geo-data, including remote sensing images, and the generation of geo-information. This includes attention for quality aspects of the geo-data and the effect on the results of geospatial analysis. In the last two weeks of the course you will carry out a project, in which you apply the geospatial problem-solving approach to produce geo-information relevant for a specific geospatial problem issue. Throughout the course you will develop hands-on experience in using selected GIS and RS software tools (in 2021: QGIS). Course examination consists of two written tests and an individual project assignment.

What will be achieved?

After completion of the course you will be able to generate information from earth observation and GIS data sources, to support the study and visualization of environmental and human process. In addition, the course provides a strong theoretical basis, develops practical skills in the collection and analysis of spatial data, and in the visualization of geographic information.

Why choose this course?

By studying in an international and multicultural environment, you will become acquainted with ready-to-use GIS and earth observation tools and methods. Through the application of this knowledge and skills, you will be able to leverage informed decision making within many organizations.

The short course GIS and Remote Sensing for Geospatial Problem-Solving is part of the accredited Master's  Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, this course counts as part of a full programme; therefore upon successful completion, you will be granted an exemption for the first quartile of the two-year Master’s programme.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course. 

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, EC credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

This certificate course is part of the accredited Master’s  Geo-information Science and earth Observation at ITC. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, the Examination Board will give you in principle exemption from the course you followed successfully as a certificate course.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

Documentation

The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

Language skills

Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective students with an international (other than Dutch) degree must meet the English language requirement. As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates:

  • IELTS (academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing) and certificates not older than two years. 
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking) and certificates not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), obtained with an A, B or C grade.
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency Formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.

Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.  

Other requirements

  • Ensure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.
  • When applying for a scholarship, the language requirements may be different because scholarship providers may have different requirements.
  • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.

Exemptions
You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

  • a relevant bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands
  • if you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF)
  • a three-year bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA. When your awarding institution is in one of these countries, but your teaching institution was not, you are not exempted. The same rule applies to distance (online) education.

Online English tests during COVID-19

We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

Computer skills

If you lack computer experience we strongly advise you to follow basic courses in your home country.

Key information

Certification
certificate
CROHO code
75014
Faculty
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Duration
10 weeks
Language
100% English taught
Application deadline
EU/EEA
27 June 2022
non EU/EEA
27 June 2022
Dutch
27 June 2022
Starting date
5 September 2022
End date
11 November 2022
Location
Enschede, Netherlands
ECTS
14
Tuition fees
Full period 2022 / 2023
full-time, institutional
€ 3.850
Additional costs
Cost of living, full programme
€ 2.729
Insurance, full programme
€ 150