Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMPUTER SCIENCE
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First Semester
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Course description

The course is aimed to provide students with the applications of principles, methods and tools at the base of Numerical Cartography and Geographic Information System (GIS). There is the use of software for carrying out some basic operations.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the applications of principles, methods and tools of Numerical Cartography and the GIS needed to solve theoretical and practical problems in navigation, survey and representation.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate how to use the applications of theoretical and practical concepts of Numerical Cartography and the GIS to support navigation, relief and representation.
Judging autonomy: Students must be able to independently evaluate situations that are different from the standard ones presented by the teacher during the course and to adopt the best methodologies.
Communicative Skills: The student must have the ability to develop and present topics related to Numerical Cartography and GIS using the technical-scientific language correctly.
Learning Skills: The student must be able to update continuously through the consultation of texts and publications in order to acquire the ability to deepen the topics in the field of Numerical Cartography and GIS.


It is useful to have already assimilated the knowledge provided by the courses of: Mathematical Analysis 1, Physics 1, Geographic Information System and Lab. GIS Mod. 1 (Numerical Cartography and GIS).


Applications with free and open source software - Comparison between reading of paper cartography and the use of digital cartography; use of GIS software; vectorization; association of databases to vector cartography; query and selection from GIS database; DTM construction with TIN and Inverse Distance Weighted interpolators; design and implementation of GIS for territorial and environmental applications.

The course includes the following topics.
Applications with free and open source software concerning base functions about Numerical Cartography and GIS (Geographic Information System).

Teaching Methods

The Course includes exercises in computer lab, using free and open source GIS software.


The didactic material (provided in pdf format by the teacher) is also available online (e-learning department of the Department - DiST) and downloadable by the students.
Jeremy W. Crampton, Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS, Wiley Blackwell, 2010.
Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind, Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications, 2nd Edition, Abridged, 2005.

Learning assessment

The objective of the exam is to check the level of achievement of the training goals previously indicated.
The exam is divided into 2 parts:
1) a written test in which the student is called upon to solve, using numerical cartography and free and open source GIS software, some exercises related to the application part developed during the course;
2) An oral test evaluating the ability to expose the subjects studied, and to link and compare different aspects treated during the course.
The final score is given by the average score of the written test and the oral test.

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