Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


To be able to plan the base network hierarchy necessary for geodetic  control of mapping processes. To appreciate the need for complementary  terrestrial measurements to complete the raw material for mapping  collected by aerial techniques, as well as produce the ground truth. To  be able to, irrespective of mapping technology used, make sure that a  correct, consistent and precise geodetic reference frame will be used  for mapping. To understand and apply the complete photogrammetric  mapping process and create input data for geoinformation systems.  To  understand and apply the complete laser scanning mapping process and  create input data for geoinformation systems. To understand stages of the remote sensing process and create input data for  geoinformation systems. To understand mapping and data policy issues. To  understand digital maps: formats, standards, legend design,  accessibility and delivery policies. To understand and apply scale  dependent generalization of maps. To be able to place names on maps.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 20.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Matti Vaaja, Matti Vaaja

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Vaaja, Matti Vaaja

Contact information for the course (valid 17.08.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course gives a theoretical and practical overview of mapping processes including establishment of the coordinate frame, data acquisition, data processing, and map design and compilation. In the process, geodetic, photogrammetric, remote sensing, and cartographic methods are applied. Mapping processes are discussed also from production economic and data policy points of view.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination and assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures (20 h), assignments (58 h), self-study (30 h), preparation for examination + examination (27 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and additional literature

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Maa-57.3100 Käytännön fotogrammetria (6 op) OR Maa-6.2222 Käytännön geodesia AND Maa-6.2227 Geodesian maastoharjoitukset (4 op)

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land



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