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Course Jukebox

Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
1, 2
Course delivery methods
Social studies, Law, Business & administrative studies, Languages
Master's Program in International Public Policy
Master's Program in International Public Policy
Tsukuba Campus
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
October - December
Weekday and Period
Course Number

Geographic Information System and Satellite Data Analysis for Economics Research University of Tsukuba

Course Overview

To provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts principles, functions and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A special focus of the course will be to illustrate the utility of GIS in applied economics such as data inputting, storing, managing, analyzing and mapping spatial data.

Learning Achievement

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be expected to be able to: (1) Understand the basic principles and theories and descriptive approaches of Geographical Information Systems (GIS); (2) Do data acquisition, development, analysis, and presentation; (3) Have the ability in using QGIS, GeoDA, and Google Earth Engine (GEE); (4) Doing independent interpretation, analysis and presentation; and (5) Work in independently or in a group project and creating the map using QGIS/GeoDA/Google Earth Engine (GEE)


This course provides new and cutting-edge technology to answer modern issues faces by modern society. From an economic research point of view, we always look for the variables that play important roles. However, these variables are only visualized in numbers within tables, it is difficult to be understood. Using Geographic Information Systems we will be able to visualize the variables using many different types of geometry, and we will be able to evaluate them in a more detailed and accurate way. Not only how is the impact or effect, but more important is where the impact or effect has appeared. Students are expected to have the ability in using cutting-edge technology to answer their research questions.

Course prerequisites

There is no pre-requires course to take this course

Grading Philosophy

-Individual assignment on advanced level project (40%)
-Individual project presentation (40%)
-Group/individual assignment (20%)

Course schedule

Each week we will learn, discuss, and practice using open source and free GIS software. Each students have to prepare the summary and powerpoint presentation of each chapter from the book: Geographic Information Science and Systems by Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, and David W. Rhind. Since we only have 10 weeks, each students have to resume and present two chapters each week. The book is available here:
Each week you have to upload the resume and PPT into the same GDrive folder
GIS and the nature of GIS data
Representing real world and georeferencing
Uncertainty and GIS software
Geographic data modeling and data collection
Geodatabase and Geoweb
Cartography and geovisualization
Spatial data analysis and inference
Spatial modeling and managing GIS
Information, decision making, and navigating the risk
GIS and the service of humanity and oral presentation of final project

Course type


Online Course Requirement



Other information

(1) Please download and install the software prior to begin the course.
(2) Since we have practices using QGIS/GeoDa, always bring your own laptop to the class
(3) Don't be afraid or hesitate to ask or consult with me during the working hours (my office is 3K314)

Site for Inquiry

Link to the syllabus provided by the university