Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


After the course, you can identify appropriate analysis approaches for different geospatial tasks and describe data needs and suitable methods for the analysis process. You can carry out analysis processes using basic methods of spatio-statistical analysis, geostatistics, map algebra and geovisual analysis. You can discuss the strengths and limitations of the methods.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 09.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kirsi-Kanerva Virrantaus

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marko Kallio, Kirsi-Kanerva Virrantaus

Contact information for the course (valid 13.10.2020-21.12.2112):

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:

    Processes applying statistical analysis methods for spatial point patterns and multivariate data. Kriging as an example of geostatistics. Analysis processes with map algebra using raster data layers. Use of graph analysis methods. Interactive visual analysis with linked views of thematic maps and multivariate visualization techniques.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments and examination.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The grade of the course will be calculated 50% based on the individual exercises and 50% based on the exam. Exercises and exam - as well as lectures - will be organized on-line. Detailed exam guidelines will be given later.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning sessions 24 (4), Weekly assignments 48 (8), Individual study 60, Examination 3


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-123.3510 GIS Analysis and Modelling (5 cr) OR Maa-123.3530 Visual Analysis in GIS (4 cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    GIS-E1030 Introduction to Spatial Methods, or similar knowledge

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Schedule is given in Mycourses course front page. This implementation will be the last implementation with this schedule and content. In the coming years there will be new course that replaces this one.