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Graduate School of Social Sciences - Geography - Geography (Geographical Information Systems) - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
GIS Master Degree Program has started in 2005-2006 academic year as a part of Geography postgraduate programs colloborations with departments of Soil and Landscape Architecture
Qualification Awarded
Graduates who have completed the program are given Master degree in the field of Geographical Information Systems
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
GIS master’s program trains GIS specialists, who have a full knowledge of the academic literature, and theoretical and practical knowledge about GIS as well as experience in GIS research methodology and report writing; produce scientific studies on the spatial sciences, especially to the subjects about information Technologies and implement and handlee of GIS; who can design and interpret scientific researches and seize the importance of lifelong learning and ethical values at the same time.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
The graduates of the GIS Master’s Programme have opportunities of employment of in a variety of private sectors and public agencies as a academic staff, GIS expert, Database designer, GIS analyst, urban information system expert, GIS software developer and sales specialist.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term and final examination for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade and the final examination grade with the contribution of 40% and 60% respectively. To pass any course, a student must receive at least 70 out of 100. The assessment for each course is described in detail in "Individual Course Description".
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Programme Director Prof.Dr. Şevket IŞIK, E-mail:, Phone: +90 232 3111375, ECTS/DE Coordinator: Ass.Prof.Dr. M. Kirami ÖLGEN, E-mail:, Phone: +90 232 3111332, Ege University Department of Geography 35100 Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY
GIS Master Program carries out in the Department of Geography. There is a fully equipped GIS laboratory for teaching and research purposes. In the laboratory, 27 Intel based workstations, 1 GIS server, 1 A0 size wide format plotter, A3 digitizer, various scanners and printers, data projector with interactive whiteboard, geodesical GPSs’, differantial GPSs’ and hand held GPSs’ and various GIS softwares.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Understanding of the principles of geographical information systems and other geographical Technologies
2Understanding of the relationships between GIS and geography and other spatial sciences
3Understand the conceptual foundations of geographical information
4Effectively use softwares and hardwares of GIS and related geospatial Technologies
5Effectively handle spatial data collection, generalisation and manipulation
6Understand and design spatial database systems
7Perform advanced spatial analysis
8Effectively implement principles of map design and graphical representation of spatial data
9Perform and analysis with alternative data models, 3D modelling and advanced visualisation
10Processing and analysing of remotely sensed images
11Skills to work in a multidisciplinary Project
12Implement and perform a GIS Project related with market demands
13Knowledge about legal and ethical issues of GIS implementation and use
14Knowledge and high skills in report writing and oral communicaiton

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9201115032005 Basic Principles Of Remote Sensing Compulsory 4 0 0 8
3 9201115012005 Fundamentals Of Geographical Informatıon Systems Compulsory 4 0 0 8
Total 8 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
2 9201115042005 Remote Sensing Applications Compulsory 4 0 0 8
3 YLSEM590 Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
4 9201115022005 Spatial Analysis wıth Geographical Information Systems I Compulsory 4 0 0 8
Total 8 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
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