Ghana School of Survey and Mapping
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The Ghana School of Survey and Mapping (GSSM) is offering quality training and education in surveying and mapping at National and Higher National Diploma level. GSSM is a merger of the former Ghana Survey School and the Cartography Training School. The Ghana Survey School was established in 1921 and was known as the Gold Coast Survey School before Ghana attained her independence in 1957. The establishment of the School was in response to the urgent need to train local indigenes at the middle level manpower to help in the preparation of maps, which is the bedrock for the socio-economic development of any country. It is a fact that nearly all the senior professional surveyors in the country today are all former students of the Ghana Survey School / Gold Coast Survey School. It is on record that until recently the School has also trained students from the West Africa sub region. The cartographic Training School was established in 1933 in response to the need to improve the draughtsmanship capabilities of indigenes. It was the only institution in Ghana which provided training for cartographers in the country up to the certificate level.
Courses run at ITC/GSSM are in modules. Each module lasts for three weeks on which upon completion, end of modules examinations are taken. Preparatory modules during the first two weeks ensure that all participants are at the required level in mathematics and computer use. The course is then composed of a series of core modules and GIS specialisation modules. After completion of the core modules specialisation modules in GIS are covered. Each lasts 16 weeks and enables participants to acquire skills specific to their primary professional tasks in their home organisations. The GIS specialisation lays considerable emphasis on understanding the basic principles of geo-information production techniques, and provide the opportunity for hands-on experience with leading commercial software packages.
The Core Modules
The core modules deal with mapping and geo-information production; the principles of capturing, handling and presenting geodata; and the integration and maintenance of geodata. Emphasis is on the use of aerial photographs and satellite images, and considerable attention is given to the geometric aspects, cartographic visualisation and website design. These modules are designed to ensure that participants gain an insight into the multidisciplinary structure of a modern production environment, and an appreciation of their own particular role within this environment.
The diploma course consists of three distinct blocks
|1||1-4||Basic elements of geo-information
Introduction to spatial data acquisition,
GIS and cartography
|2||5-8||Specialization in Geo-informatics
Options: GIS operations, Cartography and Geo-visualization
|3||9||Integrated group project (IGP)
A small multi-disciplinary team works on a realistic geo-information production case
|10-11||Individual final assessment (IFA)
Geo-information production oriented project on individual basis.
- Cartography and Geo-Visualization
This specialization provides participants with the theoretical basis and practical training needed to contribute to the (carto)graphic visualization of geo-information by means of screen displays or hard copies, as well as to interactive applications developed for web and multi-media utilization, based upon the analysis of available GIS data and GIS user or map user requirements.
- GIS Operations and Applications
The course provides participants with the theoretical education and practical training needed to build and manage spatial databases and perform spatial analysis using database management systems (DBMS) and GIS tools. GIS tools provide specialised functions for spatial data input, processing, analysis and output, while DBMS tools provide more advanced functions for storing and managing large spatial databases. Participants learn the necessary skills to integrate the two sets of tools for purposes of spatial database management and spatial data analysis. Although DBMS and GIS tools provide powerful functions for spatial database management and spatial data analysis, a GIS specialist still needs to acquire basic programming skills in order to customise the GIS interface and develop functions not yet available
- Assessment and certification
A joint ITC/GSSM diploma is awarded to participants who have fulfilled the conditions and passes the examination required in accordance with the official diploma assessment rules of the institutes. This diploma is accompanied by courses records that list the results for the specific subjects.
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Ghana School of Surveying and Mapping (GSSM)
P.O. Box CT 903, Cantonments
Telephone: + 233 302 782456