GIS and Spatial Analysis - 1st semester


a) To dominate the specific vocabulary of Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
b) To understand the fundamentals of geographic information
c) To know the national market of geographic information
d) To understand the fundamentals of planning and management of GIS projects
e) To explore data structures for analyzing spatial problems
f) To develop spatial analysis methodologies
g) To apply spatial analysis processes in technological platforms

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Pedro Julião


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



non applicable


Burrough, P. & Mcdonnell, R. (1998). Principles of Geographical Information Systems (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford Univ Press.
Julião, R.P. (2001). Tecnologias de Informação Geográfica e Ciência Regional: Contributos Metodológicos para a Definição de Modelos de Apoio à Decisão em Desenvolvimento Regional. Lisboa: UNL.
Longley, P., Goodchild, M., Maguire, D. & Rhind, D. (2005). Geographical Information Systems and Science (2nd ed.). Nova Iorque, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Matos, J.L. (2008). Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica (5ª ed.). Lisboa: LIDEL.
Tomlinson, R. (2013). Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers (5th ed.). Redlands, CA: ESRI Press.

Teaching method

Teaching is done through expositive and participative classes, including exploitation of texts, presentations, handling technological platforms and group work.

Evaluation method

Each student is required:
- reading a set of selected texts, whose contents, together with the material of classes (theoretical and practical), shall be assessed through a presentation with paper (65% or 35% of the evaluation);
- participation in a work group with report (65% or 35% of the evaluation).
The weighting of assessment elements varies according on the project type to be developed.

(According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element).

Subject matter

1) Introduction
1.1) Concepts and definitions
1.2) Examples of spatial analysis processes
2) The national market of geographic information
2.1) The National Spatial Data Infrastructure
2.2) Public institutions
2.3) Private companies
3) Planning and management of GIS projects
3.1) Organizations
3.2) Strategic thinking tools
3.3) Project analysis and planning
3.4) Project implementation and management
4) Principles of spatial analysis in GIS
4.1) Geographic modeling
4.2) Vector analysis
4.3) Raster analysis
5) Project