Course name Introduction to GIS in Bioeconomy
Course date 24.10.2022 - 16.12.2022
Institution Novia University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 5 ECTS credit

Field 4everyone HUB
Teacher Romi Rancken
Available for open UAS Chargeable
Level Bachelor

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Enrolment period 15.08.2022 - 17.10.2022
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Introduction to GIS in Bioeconomy

24.10.2022 - 16.12.2022

Course description

Bioeconomy is largely based on spatial data concerning the quantity and quality of various resources. Professionals within the bioeconomy sector often have to make decisions where spatial thinking ability is necessary. Therefore GIS (Geographical Information Systems, paikkatietojärjestelmät) can be seen as an important decision support system tool for planning and monitoring of ecosystem services, the built environment, transport services, etc.

The main themes during the course are:

  • making useful maps for various uses
  • utilisation of existing geographical data using GIS, mainly Finnish open data
  • production and collection of geographical data
  • production of spatial insights by GIS analysis
  • communication with digital maps


Good, general computer skills. Applicants with a background in the bioeconomy or environmental sectors are prioritized if the number of applicants is greater than 50.

Assessment criteria

The course and each home assignments are graded on a scale Passed/Not yet Passed. All assignments (approximately 7 assignments) need to be passed for the course to be passed.

Course way of working and time table

The course is practice oriented and includes a number of demonstrations and exercises, based on open data and open source software (QGIS 3) which the student can download for free.

Course info

Access to a computer where QGIS is or can be installed is necessary.

Course additional info

This course will be followed by a continuation course in the spring semester 2023, digging deeper into GIS analysis, especially raster analysis.