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Courses And Costs

To graduate with a Geographic Information Systems Advanced Diploma you must complete 60 credits.

Please Note: In an advanced certificate or diploma, no credit is granted from a credential (e.g. diploma, baccalaureate degree) which is used as an entrance prerequisite for that program or through PLAR.



  • Year 1

    • Course ID Title Credits/CEUs Study

    • Legend: D - Distance Education, P - PLAR, E - Elective

      GEOS-0017 Advanced Spatial Analysis 6 credit(s)
      The course builds on the foundational GIS knowledge and skills acquired at the introductory level and guides students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial and geostatistical analyses. Students will learn how to perform different types of spatial analyses, identify the types of questions different analysis approaches can answer, critically evaluate the advantages and limitations of different approaches, and gain a better understanding of the use of capabilities of spatial analysis. Students will apply model building tools to advanced geostatistical methods. Spatial modelling and analysis techniques like spatial interpolation, multi-criteria decision making, Fuzzy Logic, predictive modelling, regression, network analysis, routing, site selection and data mining skills will be explored.

      GEOS-0018 Cartography 6 credit(s)
      The course introduces students to computer-assisted cartographic methods and processes. Emphasis is on map design and cartographic communication using computer-assisted cartographic techniques. Students examin multimedia cartographic visualization prospects. Cartographic ethics are observed and adhered to during the various cartographic products generated.

      GEOS-0019 Geomatics Applications 6 credit(s)
      This course is divided into two distinct phases that will integrate knowledge of Data, GPS, Remote Sensing, and GIS Analysis for use in a wide variety of applications. In the first phase of the course, learners apply foundational knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses to complete a wide range of geospatial applications using data from areas such as forestry, resource management, agriculture, civil/infrastructure, disaster management, land reclamation, mining, water management, LiDAR, site selection, UAV/Drone analysis, and/or open source geospatial software among others. In the second phase, learners have to complete one of two options: i) create a Geomatics Skills Portfolio-which is a great resource for demonstrating skills to employers and can continue to grow as your career progresses, or ii) develop an industry based GIS proposal and work plan for a specific GIS analysis project. Each of these options will act as a culminating experience of the GIS Advanced Diploma Program.

      GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis 6 credit(s)
      Students explore the fundamental principles and theories related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. Students apply these principles to different industry management situations using a variety of GIS software packages. Using essential GIS concepts, students explore the vector and raster data analysis geoprocesses. Various methods of spatial data manipulation and interpolation are implemented along with grid cell analysis.

      GEOS-0021 GIS Database Management 6 credit(s)
      In this course, students explore how geospatial data is created, shared, and stored. Topics will focus on data management, conversion, and manipulation within a geospatial context. Initial focus is on data transfer, sources of digital geographic data, and geographic data formats. Students progress into advanced database solutions, including theory and design of a relational database. Interface design principles of data input, complex queries, relationship classes, topological rules, hierarchical geospatial data layers, domains, and classes are applied to spatial and non-spatial data.

      GEOS-0024 GIS Project Management 6 credit(s)
      This course takes a systematic approach to explore the management issues, methods, ethics and professionalism necessary for developing a successful geospatial technology business, organization and/or project. Students are introduced to the issues faced by managers responsible for implementing GIS projects in businesses and organizations. Topics explored in detail include: project scope, developing project support, planning, budgeting, pilot projects, project control, tracking and reporting, request for proposals, contract management and staffing. Students learn to apply financial analysis principles to improve profitability of GIS based business and organizations. Students explore, through case studies and discussions, ROI analysis, ethics and professionalism in geospatial technologies along with the consequences of choosing open source vs. proprietary software solutions, geospatial standards, spatial data infrastructures, web-based geoprocessing services, data sources and use to geospatial project workflows.

      GEOS-0020 GIS Server 6 credit(s)
      This course familiarizes students to the use of GIS cloud and server resources. Students evaluate and implement systems using three cloud service models (infrastructure, platform, and software services). The setup of server and cloud services for creating maps, managing spatial data, and processing spatial data will be accomplished. Students explore a range of open source and close source (proprietary) GIS industry service systems. This course integrates GIS programming skills in a variety of different situations such as custom geoprocess analysis and web integration.

      GEOS-0023 GPS Applications 6 credit(s)
      This course introduces students to the application of tools related to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Decision-making as it relates to Global Positioning System (GPS) implementation is stressed. Students learn proficiency in operating a variety of GPS equipment, mission planning, data collection, data accuracy, documentation, processing, and field techniques. Students are exposed to innovative GPS equipment and mapping techniques. Emphasis is placed on data collection, quality, and management.

      GEOS-0016 Programming for GIS 6 credit(s) D
      This course introduces students to GIS programming software to create applications using the graphical user interface (GUI). Students develop visual and event-oriented approaches to programming. Instruction covers the development interface, the use of most available controls and their properties, cutting-edge interface design methods, debugging techniques and programming tips. This integrates GIS programming skills in a variety of different situations such as custom geoprocess analysis and web integration.

      GEOS-0025 Remote Sensing/Image Analysis 6 credit(s)
      This course implements the fundamental skills and principles involved in acquiring, manipulating, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting remotely sensed data. The data is presented or integrated with other data forms for direct implementation within a GIS. The students learn to manipulate digital and non-digital images using a variety of software packages. An overview of digital image processing techniques for commercial and research-based remotely sensed earth resource monitoring systems is provided. Emphasis is on the use and interpretation of passive (optical) satellite imagery using both automated and semi-automated information extraction. Learners are introduced to microwave sensing (radar). Various standard image enhancements, formats and analysis procedures are practiced.

    Tuition and other related fees: $4300
    Textbooks, tools, supplies and extracurricular costs: $500

Fast Facts

Duration/Start Variable

Credential Advanced Diploma

Credits 60

Optional Exit No

Co-op Work Placement No

Distance Delivery Yes

International Students Yes

Study Options
On Campus
Distance Education
Open to International Students

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