Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management and many more

Ever since GPS, mobile phones and the Internet have become an integral and necessary part of everyday life, the role of geographic information systems (GIS) can no longer be disputed. An abundance of desktop, Web and mobile applications are processing Geodata and Geoinformation, hence enabling a wide variety of applications. Environmental protection, route planning, disaster management, crime analysis, geodata collection or demographics are just a few examples of the critical role spatial information plays in our lives.

GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before

The Master degree program „Spatial Information Management” (SIM) focuses on a range of specialised areas within geoinformatics, namely, natural hazards and risk management, site potential analysis, infrastructure planning, water resources management or traffic simulation and modeling. This program helps to make learners “spatially aware” and further to develop the expertise required to compete in the international job market. Needless to say, GIS experts are in higher demand than ever before. Through project- and problem-oriented learning, students apply the theory of GIS and the skills learned from working with GI technologies to practical applications.

Students who choose the SIM program benefit from its extensive international network. Working in close collaboration with acclaimed partners in research and development, academia, public authorities, NGOs and private industry has led to experts with first-hand practical experience being invited as guest lecturers. And because of their broad and extensive knowledge and skills, students learn subjects like, spatial decision support, geomarketing or data modelling, by means of a highly practical approach.

Legal aspects and the societal impact of Geoinformation are also part of the SIM degree program. In addition, team building and leadership or technical and business communication are taught and practiced. In the second semester students choose between three areas of specialization: Environmental Monitoring & Security Management, Geoinformatics, or Spatial Technology Management. The fourth semester is entirely dedicated to producing a Master thesis that could include various areas of Geoinformation such as environmental monitoring, spatial analysis, big data, cartography, photogrammetry, sensors, terrain analysis, or urban planning.

Application deadline

Period I: 01.10. - 15.03.20
Period II: 16.03.- 15.05.20
Period III: 16.03. - 15.07.20
Period IV: 16.07. - 30.09.20

Please note that applicants from non-EU countries or applicants living outside the European Union should apply as soon as possible to be in time for the visa procedure.

Study start

The semester starts on 1st October

Teaching time

Monday – Friday from 13:30

Saturday full-time

Events

FH DAY
31.01.2020
9-14 h
Campus Villach

FH CAMPUS DAY
06.03. & 08.05.2020
15-19 h
Campus Villach I Spittal I Feldkirchen I Klagenfurt

Study-Info-Lounge
Second Tuesday of the month
14-18 h
Campus Villach

Online-Info-Sessions10.12.2019 I 14.04.2020 I 14.07.2020

Further information

Language of instruction:

English

Information

Contact

If you have any questions feel free to ask:

Head of Degree Program

 

 

Level of qualification
Master
ECTS credits
120
Tuition fees
€ 363,36 / Semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Science in Engineering
Duration of study
4 Semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 20,20 / Semester
Language of instruction
Englisch
FH campus
  • Villach

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Curriculum

Profile of the Study Program

The Master degree program “Spatial Information Management” is a two year graduate program that qualifies students for a wide variety of careers in various areas of GIS. Graduates of “Spatial Information Management” provide fast, up-to-date and accurate integration, analysis, simulation and visualization of the relevant spatial situation to stakeholders and decision makers.

The SIM faculty has built an extensive network to the GIS professionals’ community and connects its students to high profile institutions of research, development and academics. With applied research for solving real life problems as the core of effective education, it follows that most of the thesis projects are conducted in cooperation with partners in public administration, academia and the private sector. Students can pursue their interests by choosing one of the three areas of specialization: Environmental Monitoring & Security Management, Geoinformatics, or Spatial Technology Management. SIM keeps up-to-date with developments in GIScience and relevant fields by, for example, inviting distinguished scholars and young researchers to the “GI Research Colloquium” where talks are given on hot topics ranging from dealing with big data or geovisual analytics to open source software solutions or sensors on drones.

Engineering & IT is an unbelievably fascinating field of applied sciences. This area is characterized mainly by creativity, innovation and design. Engineering & IT is also a rapidly developing area, crucial for the economic development of a region. 

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • technical understanding,
  • reasoning power,
  • good English, mathematics and computer skills,
  • creativity,
  • enthusiasm for innovation.

Graduates of the Master Degree Program Spatial Information Management are able to:

  • analyse independently, as a GI application specialist, a space-related problem and solve specific issues with the use of existing geo-data and methods 
  • integrate digital geographic data technically correctly in administrative and business processes
  • model conceptually and formally
  • manage selection, integration and application of state-of-the-art technologies 
  • calculate and manage independently GI projects
  • apply interdisciplinary approaches in the international and domestic environment

Current courses - Spatial Information Management

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Data Mining ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.07
Project Management and GIS SE 2,0 3,0 M-SIM2.04
Proposal Writing SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.01
Selected Aspects of Operations Research ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.03
Spatio- Temporal Databases ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.06
Teambuilding and Leadership SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.05
Technical and Business Communications ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM2.02
Specialization Area: GeoinformaticsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Applied Internet Technologies ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM2.08
GIS Services ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.09
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 25,0 M-SIM4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar SE 4,0 5,0 M-SIM4.02
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Concepts and Applications of GIS&T ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM1.05
Discrete Combinatorial Optimization ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.07
Geodata Integration ILV 1,0 2,0 M-SIM1.11
Introduction to GIS&T SE 2,0 4,0 M-SIM1.01
Introduction to Spatial Decision Support Systems ILV 5,0 5,0 M-SIM1.09
Introduction to Spatial Information Management SE 1,0 1,0 M-SIM1.02
Legal & Social Aspects ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.06
Principles of Computer Science SE 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.04
Principles of Mathematics SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.03
Standards & Interoperability ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.10
Statistical Spatial Analysis ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.08
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
3D Modeling and Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Modeling ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.09
Entrepreneurship ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM3.01
Geovisualization ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.03
International Collaboration and Project Funding SE 1,0 2,0 M-SIM3.02
Project PT 5,0 5,0 M-SIM3.05
Project Development SE 3,0 3,0 M-SIM3.07
Project Monitoring SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.06
Spatial Simulation Technologies ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.08
User Interface Design ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.04
Specialization Area: GeoinformaticsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Distributed Computing ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.11
Mobile GIS ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.10
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Data Mining ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.07
Project Management and GIS SE 2,0 3,0 M-SIM2.04
Proposal Writing SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.01
Selected Aspects of Operations Research ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.03
Spatio- Temporal Databases ILV 4,0 5,0 M-SIM2.06
Teambuilding and Leadership SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.05
Technical and Business Communications ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM2.02
Specialization Area: Environmental Monitoring & Security ManagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Introduction to Environmental Monitoring SE 1,0 1,0 M-SIM2.13
Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.14
Sensor Technologies SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.12
Specialization Area: GeoinformaticsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Applied Internet Technologies ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM2.08
GIS Services ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.09
Specialization Area: Spatial Technology ManagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Location Analysis and GIS SE 3,0 3,0 M-SIM2.10
Sales and Marketing SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.11
Optional subjectTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
German M2 SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.15
Spanish M2 SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM2.16
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 25,0 M-SIM4.01
Master Thesis - Seminar SE 4,0 5,0 M-SIM4.02
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Advanced Concepts and Applications of GIS&T ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM1.05
Discrete Combinatorial Optimization ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.07
Geodata Integration ILV 1,0 2,0 M-SIM1.11
Introduction to GIS&T SE 2,0 4,0 M-SIM1.01
Introduction to Spatial Decision Support Systems ILV 5,0 5,0 M-SIM1.09
Introduction to Spatial Information Management SE 1,0 1,0 M-SIM1.02
Legal & Social Aspects ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.06
Principles of Computer Science SE 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.04
Principles of Mathematics SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.03
Standards & Interoperability ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.10
Statistical Spatial Analysis ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM1.08
Optional subjectTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
English SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.12
German SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.13
Spanish M1 SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM1.14
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
3D Modeling and Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Modeling ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.09
Entrepreneurship ILV 3,0 3,0 M-SIM3.01
Geovisualization ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.03
International Collaboration and Project Funding SE 1,0 2,0 M-SIM3.02
Project PT 5,0 5,0 M-SIM3.05
Project Development SE 3,0 3,0 M-SIM3.07
Project Monitoring SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.06
Spatial Simulation Technologies ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.08
User Interface Design ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.04
Specialization Area: Environmental Monitoring & Security ManagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Risk Management ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.15
Spatial Security & Crime Analysis ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.14
Specialization Area: GeoinformaticsTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Distributed Computing ILV 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.11
Mobile GIS ILV 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.10
Specialization Area: Spatial Technology ManagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Product and Service Development SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.13
Technology Management SE 2,0 3,0 M-SIM3.12
Optional subjectTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
German M3 SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.16
Spanish M3 SE 2,0 2,0 M-SIM3.17

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The development of spatial scenarios opens a whole new world of professional opportunities. Highly qualified experts with the knowledge and skills we train in are in high demand and are needed to help find solutions for the challenges of our times. Such challenges include the increasing threat caused by terrorism, the shortage of natural resources, traffic congestion or the monitoring of the health for the elderly. For these reasons, our graduates have excellent and exciting international career opportunities – within a broad spectrum of application fields such as:

  • Natural Hazard Management
  • Utilities Planning and Optimization of Electric, Energy and Telecom Networks
  • Water-Supply and Water-Information Management
  • Traffic Simulation and Modeling
  • Regional and Local Planning
  • Location-Based Services
  • Public Participation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Security and Intelligence Services
  • Environmental Resource Management
  • Sales and Technology Marketing

The successful completion of the master program in turn qualifies the graduate to undertake a doctorate according to § 6 FHStG (4) FHStG stands for Fachhochschul Studies Act).

 

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