Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2023/2024 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Giulio Fabrizio Pappafico

Assigned to the Degree Course

Geology and Land-Use Planning (L-34 / L-21)
Curriculum: COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course program focuses on GIS fundamentals and aims to give some skills in geographic data management and thematic map production. Earth Sciences include disciplines more than others utilizing GIS, such as Geomorphology, Digital Geological Survey, Hydrogeology, Landslides, and Seismic Risks Assessment.


  • What are Geographic Information Systems? It is the technology that allows geographic information management.
  • What is a geographic information system (GIS), and who does use geographic information systems?
  • The nature of geographic data and how it is managed. The representation of geographic data relative to discrete objects and continuous fields: vectors and rasters.
  • The Georeferencing of data to place the digital objects relative to the Earth's surface.
  • The free and open-source software managing geographic information. Data storage, data processing, display functions, and data management.
  • The Modeling of the natural world with a geographic database. Geographic data models in a digital system.
  • Sources of geographic information and methods to enter it into a GIS. Methods of geographic data capture and data transfer.
  • The Geometries of geographic data and the Attribute data: collection and organization. The role of databases in geographic information systems.
  • Managing large and complex databases with specialist database management systems (DBMS) software to organize, store, and access data.
  • Data types, filtering, and joining attribute data.
  • Italian national, regional, topographic, and geological cartography.
  • Digital Modeling of terrain and maps of geomorphology.
  • Vector and raster geoprocessing. QGIS geoprocessing.
  • Cartography and geographic information systems: criteria of composing a thematic map. The production of digital and hardcopy thematic maps with GIS.

Bridging Courses

There are no bridging courses.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The learning outcomes that the course aims to teach the student are:

Knowledge and understanding

Acquiring the basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems, what they are, and why they became indispensable for the activities of the Geologist. Understanding the meaning of geographic and non-geographic information, knowing how geographic information becomes digital, what types of digital data modeling are, and what they choose according to the purposes for which they will be used. The knowledge of the earth surface representation models is needed to correctly locate geographic information and understand issues related to using different reference systems and scales. The knowledge of the different types of mappings and cartographies available at the national and regional levels. The knowledge of the basic techniques of managing and processing geographic data through specific software.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Ability to set up a GIS project, search the data necessary for the project through the Web, and use the Web Mapping services most suitable for finding the correct data sources. Understanding the data model type to use and select data according to the purpose and scale of the project. Ability to evaluate data quality and data geoprocessing. Knowledge of software tools to process geographic data.

Making judgments

Research and acquisition of geological data from the sources on the Web according to the purpose of a particular project. Choice of the most suitable geoprocessing tools.

Communication skills

Organizing a GIS project and drafting the relative thematic cartography of immediate readability.

Learning skills

Students acquire the ability to search for more in-depth GIS technologies than those learned in the course and understand them thanks to the acquired bases.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

There are no further activities to support teaching.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and computer classroom exercises with the help of free desktop and open-source computer software.

Innovative teaching methods

The frontal lessons are integrated with individual or group exercises carried out on the computers in the classroom. It is planned for continuous use during the class of free professional software and a browser for browsing the internet to find the necessary data and learn the data acquisition techniques from the Web to the software. The exercises consist of the introduction by the teacher of operational examples of the resolution of GIS procedures and the subsequent performance of activities of application by the students.


Course attendance is strongly recommended because the course covers subjects strictly related to the use of software and involves the use of tutorials.

The skills listed in the "Learning outcomes" are difficult to reach without attending lessons and exercises.

Course books

On the BLENDED LEARNING platform, electronic material for studying the topics discussed during the course will be made available.


Expected learning outcomes will be evaluated based on an oral test with questions to verify the skills' mastery level and the ability to apply them to practical examples illustrated during the trial. More weight will be assigned to the first of the two criteria, while the second is crucial for achieving a higher grade.

The grade is on a scale of 30.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

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