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1 REGIONAL CENTRE FOR TRAINING IN AEROSPACE SURVEYS (RECTAS) MASTER IN GEOINFORMATION PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION October 2014

2 1. The programme The academic programme shall be referred to as Professional Masters(PM) in Geoinformation Production and Management and shall be offered in three (3) semesters. The programme is hosted in the Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The Available Options/Specialization; (a) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (b) Photogrammetry and remote sensing (c) Cartography and Geovisualisation (d) Environmental management (e) Urban management and land information system (f) Security and Disaster managment (g) Tourism and Recreation Planning (h) Health and disease surveillance (i) Others 1.1. Programme Philosophy The Professional Master Degree programme in Geoinformation Production and Management is designed to train highly skilled manpower in the techniques and technology of geospatial information. The Programme is designed to extend the geoinformation skills to professionals in academic, public services and the private sectors. 1.2.Programme Objectives The objectives of the Professional Master (PM) Course is to achieve competences in: i. the use of integrated geo-information production technology (data acquisition, information extraction, information presentation, databases and spatial information systems); ii. the operational management of geo-information production systems (design, planning, execution and quality control ); iii. the application of geo-information science to diverse areas such as environment, agriculture and forestry, natural resources, etc. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to contribute to the design and implementation of geo-information production systems and quality control systems in the following areas: a) design and use of integrated geo-information production systems for selected applications; b) analysis of information requirements and definition of products/services and system specifications; c) evaluation of data sources, production systems and products/services performances; d) identification of production constraints; and e) design and implementation of quality assurance/control systems. 2.0 Justification for the Programme The fields of Geoinformation science and technologies are rapidly expanding and embrace many sectors of the economy including science, arts and humanities. The users of geoinformation products are also expanding and cover all fields of specialization. Proper understanding of the availability and distribution of resources can be achieved through Geoinformation science and technology thus enhancing the exploitation of these resources for the economic benefit of the Africa s citizens. 2

3 On the other hand, natural and man-induced disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunamis have been known to wreak havoc on human habitation, particularly in Africa where there is paucity of knowledge in strategies for their management. Therefore, an understanding of such occurrences and their spatial distribution will enable their proper. Therefore, developing skills in Geoinformation technologies and production and management is very critical to Africa s developments. 3.0 Admission Requirements To be eligible for admission into the Professional Masters (PM) programme, applicants should have: 1. a good honours Degree from a recognised university or institution in cognate disciplines such as Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law 2. RECTAS s Technologist Diploma with very good grade (i.e 70 % average) or Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of Upper credit in cognate disciplines such as Engineering, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. 3. In addition, candidates are expected to posses 5 credits passes at GCE/OL or equivalent including English Language and Mathematics Programme Duration The programme is Full Time, of the duration is 3 Semesters (12 months). 5.0 Graduation Requirements To be eligible for the award of PM degree, students must have: a. a minimum of 50 % pass in all courses and satisfactory pass in General study courses; b. must have accumulated at least 45 course units; c. successfully passed two seminars; d. successfully completed and defended a research project in an oral examination e. fulfilled all other conditions as prescribed by the Academic Board 3

4 Course Code First Semester (17 weeks) Compulsory courses Course Title Credit No of Contact Hours Lecture Practical Total PRS 611 Remote sensing GIS 611 Geographic Information Science GIS 612 Spatial Databases CAR 611 Cartography GIS 613 Geo-Statistics PRS 612 Photogrammetry GIS 614 Software System and Applications Total 21 Second Semester (17 weeks) Compulsory courses PRS 621 Digital Image Processing GIS 622 Research Methodology PRS 622 Data Acquisition for Mapping CAR 621 Digital cartographic Production GIS 623 Geodata Analysis and modeling PRS 623 Introduction to Geodesy PRS 624 Final Research Project 6 Total 24 Second Semester Extension (8 weeks) GRAND TOTAL UNITS 45 4

5 FIRST SEMESTER 2012/2013 COURSE COURSE SN CODE TITLE 1 GIS GIS GIS 613 Principles Geographic Information Science Spatial Databases and Software Application Geo- Statistics COURSE DESCRIPTION The course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, principles and tools of GIS. Basic theories and frameworks upon which geographic information science is founded are covered. It Emphasizes the concepts needed to use GIS effectively for manipulating, querying, analyzing, and visualizing spatial-based data. Topics include: Introduction to GIS, Definition, Overview, History and Concepts of GIS, Scope and Application areas, Purpose and Benefits of GIS, Functional elements of GIS, Application, Required hardware and software for GIS, Required functions of GIS software, Installation of GIS, Data Structure raster and Vector Data Structures, Input of geospatial data, Sources of data and input devices, Spatial database concept of spatial database, Data Acquisition and Management Techniques, Data Manipulation and Analysis, Map Output Generation. The course introduces management strategies for GIS, computer hardware, software, applications and database design, application development, implementation, operation, and maintenance. Topics to be covered include: Introduction to databases, database management systems, hierarchical model, relational database, principles and technologies of object-oriented database, Concept of spatial database, design of spatial database. Use of GIS in attribute and spatial queries, single and multilayer operations, geometric modeling, point pattern analysis, reclassification and coverage building, surface analysis, raster grid analysis, elementary spatial operations in GIS The application of statistical techniques to the treatment of space. Course Outline Methods of statistical learning theory, spatial statistics, and modeling, Spatial indices, spatial autocorrelation, geostatistical modeling, spatial filtering, Bayesian map analysis, random effects in models, and imputation of missing geocoded data, mapping distances, allocation, shortest path, accumulation surfaces, interpolating to Raster, terrain analysis, spatial prediction and risk analysis, spatial sampling and monitoring network design etc., Interfaces between geo-statistics and GIS, integration of geostatistics and GIS, mutual benefits, statistical problems of error propagation and uncertainty in GIS. 4 PRS CAR 611 Remote Sensing Cartography The course introduces students to the principles techniques and applications of remote sensing systems. Topics to be covered include: Overview and concepts of Remote Sensing technology, basics of remote sensing and photogrametry, practical uses of aerial photographs/satellite images in various disciplines, l characteristics of electromagnetic radiation, interaction of radiation with matter refraction, absorption, diffusion, emission, concepts of spectral resolution and detection, Remote Sensing platforms, Satellite System and sensors, active and passive sensing systems, visual-digital interpretation, overview of RS Applications, Introduction to RS image processing. Image enhancement, geometric correction and RS Image classification.. The course introduces the theoretical concepts and practical applications of cartographic and geographic visualization. Topics to be covered include: Concepts of cartography (Mapping Concept Map Elements, Map scales and representations, Map Projection, Geometric rectification) symbolization and map design, and methods for geographic visualization and display. Geographic coordinates, Plane coordinates, geometric distortions; Figure of the Earth; Map projections; design of multi-dimensional and multivariate visual representations; 5

6 6 PRS GIS 614 Photogramme try software Systems Applications Manual digitizing and Raster scanning; generalization; visualization of surfaces, symbolization and classification; Topographic and thematic representations; representation of graphic and dynamic variables; Components of a cartographic image; Map cosmetics, cartographic annotation and production; Resolution, Scale and Metafiles; Coordinate conversion (vector and raster conversion). Denfinitions of photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Historical development of photogrammetry, Branches of photogrammetry.physics(optics) for photogrammetry. Geometry of aerial photograph and scale variation(including Collinearity and Coplanarity Conditions) Stereoscopic Vision; Parallax. Photocordinate Systems. Aerial Cameras and Camera Calibration. Rectification, Magnification,photo/image mosaicking. Flight planning and flight plan/map preparation. Navigation Aid and Witnessing Marks. Point Signalization(pre-signalization and post signalization) and grund cntrol Distribution. Preparation of Notice for Photography Mission. The course introduces the development of hands-on skills using GIS software for application in a wide variety of areas including urban management, environmental management, ecology, geology, infrastructure, marketing and location analysis, Economic, Political e.t.c. The class works shall consist of practical and demonstration sessions, field work and group projects(emphases shall be placed on the following software packages: ArcGIS, IDRISI,ERDAS, and Open Source packages e.g ILWIS, Mapwindow, e.tc SECOND SEMESTER 8 PRS GIS GIS PRS CAR 621 Digital Image Processing Research Methodology Data and Acquisition for Mapping Geodata Analysis and Modelling Data Acquisition for Mapping Digital Cartographic Production Image segmentation techniques (gradient operators, region growing) application to semi-automated mapping Image Classification Techniques, applications to varieties of spatial applications Image mosaicking, pan -sharpening, application to orthoimage production This course introduces student to the field of research. It examines in depth the research process and introduces student to the various aspects of doing research, providing practical advice and insight in the field. Steps to scientific explanation (Problem statement, conceptual framework, research methods). Topics to be covered include: Hypothesis formation and testing, theory construction, data collection techniques, statistical data analysis, ethical issues in research and research design, report writing and presentation. Statistical testing Basic geostatistical components for spatial analysis, proximity analysis, connectivity analysis, diffusion modeling, establishment of objectives and criteria for analysis, data preparation for spatial operations, evaluation and interpretation of results. Raster-based cartographic modeling. Buffer analyssi, fussy analysis, netwrok analysis e.t.c 2D/3D Spatial Models- spatial operators & their use- geometadata-open GIS standards (GML) e.t.c Data management technology of SDI context Sensors: (HR Satellites, digital aerial cameras, Lidar) Georeferencing (reference frames, sensor orientations, aerial triangulation direct geo-referencing (GPS/INS) Products: (DTMs, orthophotos, topographic databases) Use and Users of products Cartographic Design Multiscale database and Cartographic Generalization Principles and Practice of Web Cartography Representation of Topographic and Thematic Information Web application development (Web design-xml-gml-svg-databases + web 6

7 13 PRS PRS 624 Geodesy Final Research Project mapping The earth s external gravity field and fiure of the earth. The boundary value problem of physical geodesy. The problem of geoid, regularized and actual geoid. Reduction to the geoid. Direct determination. Methods of satellite geodesy. Gravity field estimates. Least square and least square collocation. Final Project Independent research will be carried out by students with guidance from one or two supervisors. Topics are chosen in the area of specialisation of the students including Photogrammetry and remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems and Cartography. The topics must be approved by the academic board and at least three seminars must be presented by the students. The final report of the project shall be presented before a jury to be constituted by the academic board 15 GIS 621 Grading: Independent Research project a. Examination 60% Continuous assessment 40% Score Grade point b. A 70% and above 5 B 65% - 69% 4 C 60% - 64% 3 D 55% - 59% 2 E 50% - 54% 1 F 0% - 49% 0 The student will write and give seminar on an independent research earlier allocated at the student s discretion, and in any aspect of the programme. The proposal of the project shall be presented in form of seminar and poster. The seminar and Poster should contain the steps followed in data gathering, analyses, interpretation and presentation of the study. Assessment shall be based on the depth of comprehension of the subject matter exhibited by the student, and the clarity in presentation with adequate and relevant illustrations. The poster shall be assessed by a team of examiners 7

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