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This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of Global Navigation Satellite Systems with specific emphasis on Global Positioning System (GPS) and the applied technologies for GPS data collection and its integration with GIS.

Introduction to Remote Sensing using QGIS will introduce the fundamentals of remote sensing and demonstrate the current applications of the technology. Students will become familiar with the basic image pre-processing techniques such as applying radiometric, geometric and atmospheric corrections. State-of-the-art digital image processing techniques – supervised and unsupervised classifications, object based image classification, change detection and biophysical modelling will be explored. The course is designed to introduce freely available remote sensing data sources (open data) and open source software (QGIS) for natural resources management applications.

Note: this is a compressed (8 weeks) course

The aim of this course is to combine vector and raster GIS data and new remotely sensed data source: LiDAR with geospatial tools to make spatial decisions. Students will master basic skills of LiDAR needed to leverage the commercial LiDAR sources and information products in a broad range of applications, including vegetation characterization, 3D modeling of urban infrastructure, volumetric analysis for underground parking garage excavation and wetland boundary delineation.


This course outlines the pathways to completing the BGIS thesis requirements, reporting requirements, and faculty review schedules for the cohort starting September 2017.

Advanced Topics in GIS is applicable within almost any industry that requires spatial analysis. In this course we will be introduced to different spatial analysis techniques with an early focus on using GIS for Health Analysis.

In our continually evolving and digitally dominating world, employers and clients are expecting GIS graduates to have an online presence....or there are expectations to be able to create one for themselves, their clients, or the company. We need a venue to showcase what we do and what we are capable of, and how we format and present our online portfolio can be make or break a new position or contract award.

This New media course consists of a series of workshops designed to build digital presentation and presence skills using some popular New media tools, graphics editors, video editing software, websites and blogs plus additional freeware social media tools.

At the end of this course students will have built their own websites hosting creative self produced media and begun the process of building an online GIS network to begin or further their GIS careers.