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 principles, methods and tools at the base of Numerical Cartography and Geographic Information System (GIS). There is also the use of software for carrying out some basic operations.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles, methods and tools of Numerical Cartography and the GIS needed to solve theoretical and practical problems in navigation, relief and representation.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate how to use the 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, Geodesy and Navigation.


Applications with free and open source software - Comparison between reading of paper cartography and the use of digital cartography (4 hours); use of GIS software for vectorization (4 hours); association of databases to vector cartography (4 hours); query and selection from GIS database (4 hours); DTM construction with TIN and Inverse Distance Weighted interpolators (4 hours); design and implementation of GIS for territorial and environmental applications (4 hours).

The Course named Geographic Information System and GIS Laboratory includes two parts: 6 CFU borrowed by the Course of Digital Mapping and GIS, 3 CFU concerning pratical aspects (Mod. 2). About this second module, applications with free and open source software are carried out.

Teaching Methods

The Course includes lectures as well as 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 examination is to check the level of achievement of the training goals previously indicated.
The student is called to describe theoretical and practical aspects of the course as well as to explain how resolve exercises concerning the laboratory applications using Digital mapping and GIS software free and open source. During the oral examination, the ability to expose the subjects studied, and to link and compare different aspects considered during the course is evaluated.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.