Information and Communication Technologies for Environmental Professionals

Course Description: 

Modern computer technologies are necessary tools for interdisciplinary cross-sectoral analysis of environmental problems and efficient environmental decision-making. They are essential on each stage of environmental management process starting with monitoring, data collection and storage to decision support, visualization and presentation. The range of possible applications and packages is wide and depends on the issue under consideration and the level of computer proficiency. The present course gives a short overview of some pre-selected technologies, focusing at different aspects of spatial data visualization: data retrieval, maps creation and their presentation on the Web and publications. A number of software packages and Internet technologies are to be reviewed to induce students’ interest and facilitate software utilization by students during the academic year for both studies and research. Primary attention will be paid to practical skills to be gained by students.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course students should be able to:
•    create simple maps using basic mapping packages (GEPro, qGIS) and online mapping tools;
•    acquire geospatial datasets and other related environmental information and process it in a way required for mapping.

Assessment: 

The evaluation (pass/fail) is based upon student’s performance using the following categories:
•    class participation: active student participation in class discussions is expected and encouraged.
•    practical sessions: series of maps should be developed in class and as home work;
•    contribution towards the integrated science assignment: students will have to show the obtained skills within the integrated environmental sciences assignment.