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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Built Environment

Gain a solid understanding of GIS and how it supports sustainable development to help you succeed in the built environment.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Built Environment

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  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Delve into the basics of geographic information system (GIS)

Designing and developing the built environment is a challenging task, with sustainability being a critical parameter in any development. Therefore, urban planners, architects, valuers, and engineers need a robust tool to assist decision-making.

On this four-week course from Universiti Malaya, you’ll learn the basics of geographic information systems, how it works, and how GIS can benefit disciplines in the built environment.

Advance your skills in spatial analysis

As you start to unpack the components of GIS, you’ll gain an understanding of how it can be used as an effective problem-solving tool through spatial analysis.

Next, you’ll explore projections in GIS to further your skills in spatial analysis.

Explore GIS in urban planning and the built environment

To help put your knowledge into practice, you’ll explore GIS in different built environment disciplines such as urban planning and management and architecture.

With this knowledge, you’ll develop practical skills you can use in your professional context.

Learn from the experts at the Universiti Malaya

Finally, you’ll explore the benefits of using GIS in the built environment, including real estate and construction. This understanding will help you communicate the advantages of using GIS in your organisation.

Guided by the experts at Universiti Malaya, you’ll finish the course with the skills and knowledge to start using GIS applications in your professional field.


  • Week 1

    The Concept of GIS

    • Getting Started

      Welcome to Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Built Environment. Thank you for joining us. In this course, we will explore the awesome application of GIS within the built environment discipline.

    • Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)

      This section describes the overview of GIS. What is behind the GIS application?

    • The Basic Concept of GIS

      In this section, you will learn about the following: 1. How GIS works?

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's wrap up! What have you learned so far? Let's do some reflections!

  • Week 2

    The Components of GIS

    • Introduction to GIS Components

      There are five main components of GIS. They are software, hardware, data, people, and methods/skills. In this section, we will discuss each component in detail.

    • Understanding Projection

      Projection is crucial when you are developing the GIS database. It will affect your method of analysis. Therefore, understanding how it works has a significant impact on the output of your project.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's wrap up! What have you learned this week? Some reflections! Test your understanding! Let's summarize what has been learned!

  • Week 3

    GIS in the Built Environment Disciplines

    • GIS Applications in Urban Planning

      How do urban planners use GIS technology in their work?

    • GIS Applications in Urban Management

      Learn how GIS has become a valuable and versatile tool and resource in urban management.

    • GIS Applications in Architecture

      GIS is well used in architectural practice. Let's look into the details of how GIS application works in Architecture.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week.

  • Week 4

    Explore the Benefits of Using GIS in Various Disciplines in the Built Environment 2

    • GIS Application in Real Estate

      This section describes briefly on real estate and how GIS can enhance the decision making process in this discipline.

    • GIS Application in Constructions

      In constructions, GIS application is mostly used in civil engineering. It can also be integrated with building surveying, quantity surveying and building information modeling (BIM).

    • Weekly wrap up

      Congratulations on reaching the final activity. Let's reflect on what we've covered in week four.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the concept of geographic information system (GIS).
  • Identify the components of GIS.
  • Explore the benefits of applying GIS in the built environment discipline

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals in the built environment who are interested to know about GIS.

It will also help advance your skills in spatial analysis.

Who will you learn with?

Rosilawati Zainol is an Associate Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Malaya. Her background is in Urban Analytics and GIS.

Nur Aulia Rosni is a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaya. Her research background is in Land Use Planning and GIS.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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