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University

University of the Witwatersrand

Address

Private Bag 3, WITS, 2050,
Telephone: +27-(0)11-717-1000
Fax: +27-(0)11-339-7620
Geography

CONTACT PERSON
Stefania Merlo
Tel: +27 11 717 6509
e-mail:stefania.merlo@wits.ac.za

Department

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies

Courses

Undergraduate courses offered as part of the BA and BSc in Geography programmes

Geog2013: Methods, Models and GIS

This course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems. The course comprises of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The lectures cover topics related to the history of mapping and the construction of identity through maps. Tutorials are used to discuss introductory topics in computer science, co-ordinate systems and database design. ArcGIS is used to teach students how to use GIS software during the practicals.

Geog 3017: GIS and Remote Sensing

This course introduces students to the science of remote sensing. The course is comprised of lectures and practicals as well as tutorials. Topics covered include the history of remote sensing; the physical principles of remote sensing; satellite data and imagery and digital image processing to name just a few. The pratical exercises are carried out using IDRISI Taiga software.

Courses part of Honours in Geography

Geog 4013: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing

Postgraduate honours course which is an introduction to GIS and RS themes for students that have not done these subjects before. Students are taught using a combination of lectures and practicals. Themes of the course include coordinate systems, database design and spatial analysis. Other techniques incluse image processing and intepretation.

Geog 4015: Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

This course provides students with an advanced understanding of GIS and remote sensing through hands-on experience. The aim of the course is to develop the ability of the students to pre-process, analyse and critically assess a variety of datasets and apply the findings to a range of topics addressed by GIS and remote sensing professionals. The remote sensing section of this course will focus on the use of remote sensing for environmental monitoring. We will cover topics such as monitoring landscape health and productivity, change detection mapping and the mapping of contamination from sources such as acid mine drainage.

The GIS section will focus on in-depth knowledge of the sourcing of primary quantitative and qualitative data and their processing to create fundamental datasets for spatial analysis and problem solving. Students will learn to analyze surface terrain characteristics and derived properties (i.e. slope, hydrology, curvature), to create continuous surfaces from a set of points, analyze spatial patterns using geostatistical methods, and integrate GIS with remote sensing.

The teaching consists of brief lectures, followed by discussions and practical exercises.

MSc (by research) and PhD in Geography or Archaeology

Supervision is offered for projects in GIS and Remote Sensing in archaeology, geography, environmental studies, sustainability and risk management. Please refer to the School’s website for staff expertise and possible research topics (in collaboration, amongst others, with the  Gauteng City-Region Observatory) : http://www.wits.ac.za/geography/


University

Stellenbosch

Address

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag
X1, MATIELAND 7602
TEL NO. +27 21 808 3218
FAX NO. +27 21 808 2405
E-MAIL avn@sun.ac.za
Geography & Environmental Studies

Department

Geography & Environmental Studies

Courses

BSc (3-year)*, BSc Hons (1-year)*, MSc, and PhD in GeoInformatics awarded by the Natural Sciences faculty

BA Socio-Informatics (GeoInformatics); BA Hons GIS; MA GIS; PhD Geography & Environmental Studies (with GIS as focus) awarded by the Arts and Social Sciences faculty

* Courses PLATO-accredited (in combination) for GISc Practitioner at Professional level.

Visit these pages for more for more information about Undergraduate, Honours, Masters and PhD courses.


University

UNIGIS

Address

Ann Olivier
UNIGIS Study Centre
Sub Saharan Africa
P.O. Box 442
Graaff-Reinet
6280
SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: (049) 891 0691
Fax: (086) 666 0707
www.unigis.co.za

Department

Centre for GeoInformatics

Courses

UNIGIS Sub Saharan Africa provides distance learning courses in English to GIS professionals within this region. Students can study for a Master of Science (MSc) or Professional (postgraduate) diploma.

The Sub Saharan Africa Study Centre works closely with UNIGIS at the Centre for Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg (Austria) and serves as the UNIGIS teaching and learning centre as well as administrative contact point for Sub-Saharan GIS students.

The UNIGIS Masters programme provides an understanding of the conceptual, technical, and organisational aspects of GIScience whereas the UNIGIS Professional Diploma programme develops or improves application-oriented skills and develops an understanding of GIS.


University

University of Johannesburg

Address

PO Box 524
Auckland Park
2006
Tel: +27 11 559-4628
Fax: +27 11 559-2430
For information on enrolment:
Prof. F Ahmed
Tel: +27 11 559-4628
Fax: +27 11 559-2430

Department

Department of Geography,  Environmental Management and Energy Studies

Courses

Course in Geo-Informatics 1 & 2
The Geo-Informatics courses are more in depth courses to the theory and practise of GIS (course 1) and Remote Sensing (course 2) respectively as seen from a geographical point of view with emphasis placed on analyses.

Schedule:

§  Geo-Informatics 1 (GIS) is presented during the first semester of each year.

§  Geo-Informatics 2 (Remote Sensing) is presented during the second semester of each year.

These courses form part of the full honours course in Geography where it can be selected as one of several specialisation courses, or as individual non-graduate courses leading to a certificate. If followed as a separate entity for non-graduate purposes in order to acquire a certificate in Geo-Informatics, candidates must have a university degree and some introduction to GIS in their undergraduate programme.

These two certificate courses are registered with SAQUA with 30 credit points and currently on level 7, but in the new SAQUA system will change to level 8.


University

North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus

Address

Geography and Environmental Management
School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences
North-West University Potchefstroom Campus
Private Bag X6001
POTCHEFSTROOM
2520

Department

Department Geography and Environmental Management

Courses

UNDERGRADUATE

Degree in Geography: Introduction to GIS part of practical work in 2nd year and GIS module in 3rd year.

POST GRADUATE

BSc Honors in Geography and Environmental Management: Introduction to GIS, Applications in GIS, Earth Observation are three of the core modules (16 credits each).

Masters: Full-time research masters (MSc)

The NMMU Spatical Technologies Unit offers a distance short learning programme in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) on the NMMU eLearning website.   We do not know whether PLATO recognises our Short Learning Programme towards professional registration.   However the NQF Level is 5, credits 30 and the notional hours 300.


University

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Address: 

North Campus
Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth. 
Tel: +27 41 5043938
Fax: +27 41 5043313
website: www.nmmu.ac.za/sict    - click on Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

 

Department:

Faculty of Engineering, The Built Environment, School of ICT, Spatial Technologies Unit.

Modules: 

This is a distance short learning programme in GIS (Geographical Information Systsems) and is offered on the NMMU’s eLearning Website.  The students can register at any time of the year up to the end of October.   Assignments are tutor assessed and the certificate will be based on the pass mark of the assignments.  The course duration is one year.  All three modules are compulsory. They are:    

  • Module 1 = Basics of GIS data
  • Module 2 = GIS Analysis
  • Module 3 = Practical GIS Project

University

Cape Town

Address

The Secretary
Department of Geomatics
University of Cape Town
Private Bag
Rondebosch 7700
Tel  +27 21 6503577
Fax +27 21 6503572

E-mail: geosec@ebe.uct.ac.za
http://www.geomatics.uct.ac.za/

Department

Geomatics Division

Courses

Four year BSc (Geomatics) degree, awarded by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. There are currently three streams on offer within the degree programme, with some flexibility within these streams. The streams are:

BSc(Geomatics) in Geoinformatics, with a third year major in one of the following:

·         Computer Science

§  Environmental and Geographic Science

§  Geology

BSc(Geomatics) in Surveying

BSc(Geomatics) in Planning, a five year combined programme with the Masters in City and Regional Planning

 

Postgraduate Studies
Information on the BSc (Hons) in GIS programme can be found at: http://www.geomatics.uct.ac.za

 

Students wishing to specialise further may register for a research Masters or Doctoral degree.

The Department has a very strong research and teaching record and is respected internationally as a leader in Geomatics education and research.


University

Pretoria

Address

Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology
Geography Building
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 0002
Tel: +27 12 420 2489

Department

Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

Courses

Department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

BSc Geoinformatics

The degree is accredited by   by PLATO  for registration as a GISc Technologist, . Click here to read more or contact Mr Fritz van der Merwe, 012 420 4255,fritz.vandermerwe@up.ac.za

 

BSc Hons Geoinformatics

The degree is accredited by PLATO requirements for registration as a Professional GISc Practitioner. Clickhere to read more or contact Serena Coetzee 012 420 3823 serena.coetzee@up.ac.za Dr

 

MSc and PhD in Geoinformatics

Click here to read more about the degrees. For student research project opportunities and potential supervisors, refer to the Centre for Geoinformation Science. For any other queries, contact Dr Serena Coetzee, 012 420 3823,serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

CE at UP short courses

Certificate programme in Introductory GIS. The introductory programme is aligned with PLATO requirements, but is still awaiting the PLATO accreditation process to start.. Click here to read more or contact Ms Sanet Eksteen, 012 420 3546,sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za

Certificate programme in Advanced GIS. The advanced programme is aligned with PLATO requirements, but is still awaiting the PLATO accreditation process to start.. Click here to read more or contact Ms Sanet Eksteen, 012 420 3546,sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za

 

Introduction to GIS Standards

Click here to read more or contact Dr Serena Coetzee, 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

Short course in Remote Sensing (from 2012)

Contact Mr Joel Botai, 012 420 2170, joel.botai@up.ac.za

 

General enquiries

Contact Ms Erika Pretoria, 012 420 3737,erika.pretorius@up.ac.za

 

Department Computer Science

BSc Information and Knowledge systems with the GIS elective group Click here to read more or contact Ms Linda Marshall, 012 420 3624, lmarshall@cs.up.ac.za

University of Pretoria

Degrees in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

www.up.ac.za/ggm

 

BSc Geoinformatics (accredited by PLATO to comply with academic requirements for registration as a GISc Technologist)

Contact Mr Fritz van der Merwe, 012 420 4255, fritz.vandermerwe@up.ac.za

 

BSc (Hons) Geoinformatics (accredited by PLATO to comply with academic requirements for registration as a Professional GISc Practitioner)

Contact Dr Serena Coetzee, 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

MSc and PhD in Geoinformatics

Contact Dr Serena Coetzee, 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

Degrees in the Department of Computer Science

www.cs.up.ac.za

 

BSc IT (with geographical information science elective group)

Contact Ms Linda Marshall, 012 420 3624, lmarshall@cs.up.ac.za

 

Short courses through Continuing Education at University of Pretoria

www.ceatup.com

Contact Ms Samedah Davis info.ce@up.ac.za

 

Certificate programme in Introductory GIS

Certificate programme in Advanced GIS

Quantum GIS

The Basics of GIS

Contact Ms Sanet Eksteen, 012 420 3546, sanet.eksteen@up.ac.za

 

GIS Professional Practice

Introduction to Geoinformation Standards

Spatial databases with PostGIS

Contact Dr Serena Coetzee, 012 420 3823, serena.coetzee@up.ac.za

 

Short course in Remote Sensing

Contact Dr Joel Botai, 012 420 2170, joel.botai@up.ac.za

 

 

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