Description: During this course the practical use of geographic information standards will be demonstrated. Upon completion of the course, delegates will know how to read, interpret and implement a geographic information standard. A selected number of ISO/TC 211 and South African national standards, such as ISO 19115, Geographic Information - Metadata, the South African address standard (SANS 1883) and some OGC web service standards, will be studied during the course.
Description: The course covers the Professional Practice theme described in the academic model of the South African Council for Professional Land and Technical Surveyors (PLATO). Topics include professionalism, professional ethics, social responsibility, professional practices, partnerships, client relationships, PLATO legislation and rules, Acts relevant to geomatics (e.g. Promotion of Access to Information Act, Spatial Data Infrastructure Act) and the role of international associations and societies in geomatics. This is a distance-learning programme presented in the second semester with two compulsory workshops of at least 25 contact hours in total, six written assignments and a three hour written exam.