GGE 3423


Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

Course No. and Title:

GGE 3423 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Credit Value:

4 credit hours

Course Description:

This course is designed to offer an introduction to the technology and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is intended to make the students familiar with the functionality of GIS before offering a deeper background on GIS theory and applications in subsequent courses (GGE4423 or GGE5403; also available online). No previous background in GIS technology is required, so students from Engineering, Forestry, Arts, Biology, Education and other faculties with interest in GIS are welcome to register for this course. Special effort will be given to make the course project customized to the student’s area of study, so that the value of the GIS technology in application domains of their interest is highlighted.

Download the content and learning objectives of the 10 sessions.


MATH 1503 or equivalent introduction to matrices and systems of linear equations; or permission of the instructor. 

Course Instructor:

Emmanuel Stefanakis, PhD, PEng.;
Associate Professor in GI Systems and Science;
Editor-In-Chief Cartographica;
Director of Graduate Studies;
Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering;
University of New Brunswick, Canada;  |  |  tel: (506) 4535137

Course Features: Textbook and Online Materials (slide presentations, video lectures (narrations), tutorials). GIS s/w package (license provided).
Course Format: The course content is organized in 10 sessions (modules). Each Session includes: theory, lab session, exercises and/or assignments.
Course Texts: Textbook: Stefanakis, E., 2014. Geographic Databases and Information Systems. CreateSpace Independent Publ. (available: at UNB Engineering Library; on Amazon $35; or through the instructor $20)
Assignments & Examinations:

After Sessions 1 to 6, students will receive a Lab Assignment. After Session 3, students will receive an Exercise Assignment; while on Session 7 students will receive the Course Project, due to the end of the course. The instructor will evaluate and score each assignment within 7 days. A written exam will take place after completion of the 10 sessions and submission of the course project. The exam is paper-based. The marking scheme is as follows:

Lab Assignments: 30%  (Sessions 1-6; 6 in total; 5% each)
Exercise Assignment (Session 3): 10%
Course Project (Session 7-10): 30%
Final exam: 30%

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: Six months from the student registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
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