Introduction to GIS in Bioeconomy, 5 ECTS

Free spots Yes
Price 75,00 €
Application time 15.08.2022 08:00 - 17.10.2022 23:59
Credits 5.00 sp
Course language English
Time 24.10.2022 - 16.12.2022

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.

Good, general computer skills.

Admission criteria and priorities in admission:
Applicants with a background in the bioeconomy or environmental sectors are prioritized if the number of applicants is greater than 50.

After passing this course you will learn how to find, handle, visualize, analyze and share geographical information in your work.
You will be especially familiar with geographical data (digital maps) produced and used within the bioeconomy and environmental sector, but also other data from other sources.

Content and working methods:
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. 

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

Form of examination and criteria for assessment:
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.

Other important information:
Access to a computer where QGIS is or can be installed is necessary.

The course is free of charge for Campusonline students, please use your school email address.
Course fee for OpenUAS students 75€ (15€/credit).

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

Course coordinator and more information:
Romi Rancken,, +358 40 060 0032