The objective of this module is to provide students with basic theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to implement a Geographic Information System (GIS) project. This includes mastering different concepts, tools and methods to capture, store, query, organize, analyze various data and display output spatial data as maps (Geo-Information).

This course aims to provide the practical knowledge and skills for using GIS and RS for Urban and Regional Planning issues; to asses the planning effects on local, regional and national level; to build upon theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in GIS gained in two lower years of geography; and to integrate spatial analysis and modeling techniques and tools for Urban and Regional Planning. The intended outcomes are: understand the most important planning concepts associated with urban and regional planning;  the use of GIS for urban and regional Planning applications in Rwanda and elsewhere;  understanding the types of data needed for urban and regional planning; understanding the main steps in spatial database development for urban and regional Planning; Select the most important planning tasks in which GIS can be applied;  use GIS software for analyzing problems related to urban and regional planning using using GIS software; work independently or in group to present a comprehensive and self programmed work; and writing report and presenting a well edited and readable report to the large public.

This module intends to prepare the students for the understanding of Rwanda physical, human and socioeconomic characteristics. The content of this module will revolve around geographical features of Rwanda.

At the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

 Physical, human, and economic geography of Rwanda, the interaction between men and the space, and natural and human potentialities of the development of Rwanda

  • Describe the relief and hydrography of Rwanda
  • Explain the climate of Rwanda
  • Explain the population distribution over the territory of Rwanda
  • Understand the economic activities: agriculture, animal husbandry, industries, services