Geographic Information Systems Applications


This Curricular Unit (UC) works as an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a practical aspect. It is the main objective of the UC to put into perspective the concepts related to the design, development and management of GIS through the resolution of several practical examples adaptable to reality.

The first UA will be an introduction to ArcGIS Pro software as well as ArcGIS Online, an analysis and mapping solution in the cloud. Some of the potential of GIS available in the cloud will be presented.

The second UA will present the geoprocessing features existing in the ArcGIS Pro software and describe the modes of interaction and analysis of geographic data that this tool makes available.

The third UA is dedicated to three-dimensional analysis using the 3D Analyst extension.

The fourth UA addresses network analysis using the Network Analyst extension.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro da Costa Brito Cabral


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




  • Mitchell, 2020, The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationships second edition , ESRI Press, Redlands California, 312 p, ISBN: 9781589485792
  • Price, 2019, Mastering ArcGIS Pro , McGraw-Hill, 448p, ISBN: 9781260587333
  • Law and Collins, 2019, Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro, second edition , ESRI Press, Redlands California, 512p, ISBN: 9781589485372
  • Corbin, 2018, ArcGIS Pro 2.x Cookbook: Create, manage, and share geographic maps, data, and analytical models using ArcGIS Pro , Packt Publishing, 706p, ISBN: 1788299035
  • Zhu, 2016, GIS for environmental applications: a practical approach. London and New York: Routledge, ISBN 9780415829076

Teaching method

The UC is divided into 4 UC. The student can only move to the next UA after taking a test.

of progression where you must obtain a minimum classification of 70%. The classifications of these exams do not count towards the final grade but deduct 5% for each exam not taken until the day of the in-person seminar.

The synchronous sessions last 2 hours and are dedicated to the content of the UA, with some exercises being resolved. The dates of the synchronous sessions can be found in the CSIG course calendar that was published in the platform.

Students must install ArcGIS Pro software on their computers to solve the tutorials recommended.

As students of this Master's, they will have access to several online courses available on the ESRI website (URL: ) which they can access for free (note: not all courses are from free access).

This course is taught in Portuguese.

Evaluation method

The assessment will be made taking into account the following parameters:

Final project: 85%

The final project of the course must be delivered by 24:00 on the day shown in the calendar of the course and be presented on the date of the 1st in-person seminar. There is a 5% penalty for every day of delay in project delivery. A document describing the final project objectives.

1 exercise: 15%

It should be sent by email to until 24:00 on the day of the face-to-face session of the 1st semester.

Progression exams : Progression exams must all be performed with achievement (grade equal to or greater than 70%) until the day of the 1st in-person session. For each exam non performed will be deducted 5% of the final grade.

Subject matter

The Learning Units (UA) and their contents are as follows:
UA 1: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro. Introduction to ArcGIS Online
UA 2: Spatial analysis and geoprocessing tools
UA 3: 3D Analysis
UA 4: Network Analysis