Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of digital spatial databases and cartography to students enrolled or contemplating enrolment in the Certificate in Applied Digital Geography and GIS. Spatial data, that is, data that are geographically referenced, are at the core of a geographic information system (GIS). The ways in which spatial data are structured in a database have enormous implications for their use and the ways in which the data are mapped have important consequences for their interpretation. This course will explore the processes of spatial data collection, input and display, and the basic geographic and cartographic principles underlying those processes. Thus it will focus specifically on the nature of spatial data, database structures, and the visualisation of digital spatial data. Both ArcGIS Pro and QGIS GIS software will be used.


For department consent please contact Dr. Raymond Garrison at rgarrison@torontomu.ca

This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.


Department Consent Required
Antirequisite: CODG 100 and COGT 100

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May 06, 2024 to Aug 02, 2024
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Domestic Fee non-credit $690.06 Click here to get more information
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
International Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information