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GIS Database Systems 1 GIST 7132

Geographic Information Systems Course

Course details

This course is an introduction to databases, their terminology and an overview of various data models and modelling techniques. Topics include relational database design, Codd's rules, constraints, relationships, normalization, and the structured query language (SQL). Examples will be GIS-based, use an ORDBMS for storage and web-based customizations.


  • 50% in GIST 7010 ( may be taken concurrently)





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of GIST 7132 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 34251


Thu Sep 14 - Wed Dec 06 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 34251
  • $817.82
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 14 - Dec 06 N/A N/A Online

Rob Hewlett

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.





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  1. Internet delivery format.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student should be able to:

  • Navigate the ORDBMS graphical user interfaces.
  • Import and export various data formats.
  • Normalize data into the first, second and third normal forms.
  • Compare the hierarchically, network and relational database models.
  • Read and create data models.
  • Create database queries using the Structure Query Language (SQL).
  • Create application that integrate ORDBMS libraries.
  • Create Forms and Reports for an ORDBMS.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

GIS Database Systems 1 (GIST 7132) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Full-time
  2. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Part-time
  3. Geographic Information Systems
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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