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.


To understand the spatial extensions of conventional statistical, mathematical and computational methods including the concept of spatial autocorrelation. To recognize the special requirements of geodetic, photogrammetric, remote sensing and GIS applications in spatial processing. To apply suitable spatial analysis methods in these applications. To evaluate the quality of geographical data. To be able to program simple algorithms in Matlab and R.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Petri Rönnholm

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): petri.ronnholm (at)

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English, Finnish, Swedish


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces various mathematical, statistical and computational methods in their spatial forms. The contents of the course cover processing, analysis and quality issues of spatial data including measures of autocorrelation, spatial statistics, convolution, spatial interpolation, data classification and clustering methods, geometric problem solving and spatial algorithms, and quality concepts and measures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture notes and additional literature

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

  • applies in this implementation

    In 2021, the course is implemented fully remotely.