Map your way to exciting and meaningful work
Strapped for time, but looking to learn valuable skills to help increase your marketability? Fanshawe’s eight-month, in-class or online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program can help you discover a new in-demand career. Courses are scheduled Monday to Thursday evenings for both in-class and online learners.
As a student, you’ll work within a project-based, a software-intensive format that is focused on building a foundation in GIS, with the flexibility to focus your studies in your area of expertise. You’ll have access to our cutting-edge technology that will help you develop skills in remote-sensing, object-oriented programming, spatial analysis and modelling, digital photogrammetry, web map/ GIS and CAD skills.
In addition to the many valuable skills you will learn in the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the cooperative education aspect of the program for a four-month period with an associated GIS-based employer. As part of this program, you can be placed doing GIS work with government agencies, GIS software employers, and other private industry companies that use GIS technology. Upon graduation, students have been hired as GIS specialists, GIS applications programmers or developers, spatial database specialists, GIS researchers, among others.
This one-year program has a summer semester co-op work term, giving students valuable hands-on experience practising their newly acquired skills with industry partners. Students can graduate in eight months with a non-co-op endorsed graduate credential.
Students are required to have a PC Laptop computer for all courses and to have internet access whether attending face-to-face classes or online sessions.
Classes are delivered as face-to-face classroom sessions. All classes will be digitally broadcast and recorded. Full-time and part-time students have the option to watch live interactive webcasts or attend classes personally for all courses. All webcasts will be archived so students can review the material.
Applicants applying to the Online version of the program should select Campus Code LCL (LCL - London-Online).
Applicants applying to the Online version of the program should ensure they have the appropriate technological capacity to complete the program, including access to a computer, required software and internet access for each course in the program.
Students attending the Online version of the program will not be required to pay a CONNECT lab fee.
For all other students, A CONNECT lab fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.
Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.
An overall 2.5 GPA in the program is required for graduation
This one-year program has one co-op work term. Students who fulfil both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Certificate.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
Create solutions to spatial problems utilizing database systems;
Apply spatial analysis techniques within a variety of disciplines;
Solve problems using data that is acquired, interpreted, and integrated from various sources, and with different formats and coordinate systems;
Generate elegant and efficient computational algorithms;
Configure and customize GIS applications, operations, and databases to support decision-making and modelling within a range of disciplines;
Design web-based and embedded solutions to distribute GIS data and functionality to a wide range of end-users;
Integrate GIS component design and development into project life cycle management, systems life cycles, and workflow processes;
Assist end-users in integrating spatial processes into primarily non-spatial software applications;
Communicate complex technical geographic information to a wide variety of clients using texts, maps, and visual display, in order to increase understanding and enable wider use of GIS applications;
Practice to a professional standard, through ethical behaviour, continuous learning, and participation in professional organizations.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
METH-6001 Fundamentals of GIS 5
METH-6002 Information Systems 5
COMP-6034 Programming Basics-OOP 5
COMP-6035 Spatial Data Acquisition 5
COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Preparation 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
METH-6003 Remote Sensing 5
METH-6004 Advanced Analysis in GIS 5
COMP-6036 Advanced Programming-OOP 5
METH-6005 Web GIS 5
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 11 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program
A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
(Note: minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA)
An equivalent qualification from another institution with a minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above
Professional background and experience judged by the College to be equivalent to the above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Applicants with less than a 'B' average will be considered only on the recommendation of the Academic Manager.
Graduates will enter the workforce as GIS Specialists, GIS Applications Programmers or Developers, Spatial Database Specialists, GIS Analysts, GIS Researchers or in many other related occupations. Placement opportunities include positions in the GIS software industry, government agencies, and any private industry using geospatial technologies