Overview

Use the most modern GIS technologies to solve problems across a range of disciplines. Apply your prior education to work in agriculture, forestry, environmental management or natural resources.

From Google to governments and marketing to mineral exploration, geographic information systems are used across a variety of industries. No matter what industry you are currently in, this advanced diploma gives you the opportunity to launch a new career or add a new marketable skill to your résumé. Build on your existing post-secondary education and learn cutting-edge environmental technologies.

Learn current GIS technologies and how to use them to solve real-world problems. You will use geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and global positioning systems (GPS), and drone technology to detail minute variations in land, water, vegetation and nutrient conditions.

Experience with modern equipment and software will make you a hot commodity in resource-based industries. Learn to analyze data, find and incorporate related information, and then translate it into practical management decisions that can be applied in any number of industries.

Your career can take you almost anywhere: government, private industry and community organizations. There is tremendous opportunity for you in agriculture, forestry, watershed and environmental management, land use planning, natural resources and transportation.

Admissions

  • Two-year diploma or university degree. This is an advanced diploma and requires a prior diploma or degree as a pre-requisite.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Aimed at university and college graduates who wish to add GIS knowledge to their skillset, this advanced diploma prepares you for a wide variety of occupations and fields, such as:

  • Land planning and resource management organizations
  • Conservation districts
  • Government organizations
  • Agribusinesses
  • Consulting practices

Connections

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

As a registered student, you have access to the ArcGIS Student Edition (1 year) of the current version. It will include all necessary Extensions. It is important to note that ArcGIS is a commercial software package that is restricted to personal use by the student. It is unlawful for anyone to use this software package to generate personal or corporate profit or revenue.

All other software will either be trial versions or Open Source and can be downloaded and installed as required.

Students will need access to some office-type software (Microsoft Office, Office 365 or another Open Source office suite). Students can obtain a Microsoft license at a reduced price through the ACC IT Services.

Specific instructions on software will be provided in the courses.

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Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Geographic Information Systems advanced diploma, students must successfully complete 60 credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

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.

Courses are preset and are delivered in a specific order. There is a tracking sheet to help you keep track of course completions:

There are 10 courses in the program which were selected and designed based on ongoing input from Program Advisors and the GIS industry. The objective is to provide students with current relevant skills and knowledge needed in the GIS industry. Courses include:

  • Cartography
  • GIS Analysis
  • GIS Project Management
  • GPS Applications
  • GIS Database Management
  • Advanced Spatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing & Image Analysis
  • Programming for GIS
  • GIS Server
  • Geomatics Applications

Please note, all costs are approximate and subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,020. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $540. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2019-20)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Student Health Insurance Estimated Total*
GIS (Advanced Diploma) 60 $15,160 $680 $1,000 $16,840

*All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

 

Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Advanced Spatial Analysis (GEOS-0017)

Prerequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis; GEOS-0021 GIS Database Management
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.

6 credit(s) No No No
Cartography (GEOS-0018)

Corequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis
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 examine multimedia cartographic visualization prospects. Cartographic ethics are observed and adhered to during the various cartographic products generated.

6 credit(s) No No No
Geomatics Applications (GEOS-0019)

Pre-requisitie: GEOS-0024 GIS Project Management
Co-requisite: GEOS-0017 Advanced Spatial Analysis
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.

6 credit(s) No No No
GIS Analysis (GEOS-0026)

Prerequisite: GEOS-0018 Cartography
Students explore the basic 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 fundamental 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.

6 credit(s) No No No
GIS Database Management (GEOS-0021)

Co-requsite: GEOS-0023 GPS Applications
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.

6 credit(s) No No No
GIS Project Management (GEOS-0024)

In this course, students will 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 will 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.

6 credit(s) No No No
GIS Server (GEOS-0020)

Pre-requsite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis
Co-requisite: GEOS-0017 Advanced Spatial Analysis
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.

6 credit(s) No No No
GPS Applications (GEOS-0023)

Co-requsite: GEOS-0021 GIS Database Management
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.

6 credit(s) No No No
Programming for GIS (GEOS-0016)

Prerequisites: COMP-0230 GIS 2, GEOS-0006 GIS Database Management 2
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.

6 credit(s) No Yes No
Remote Sensing/Image Analysis (GEOS-0025)

Prerequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis, GEOS-0018 Cartography
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.

6 credit(s) No No No

Program Details

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.