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Geographic Information Systems Technology

Geographic Information Systems Technology

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

If you are a technologist or have technical and conceptual skills, possess a  degree or diploma and are looking to complement your existing skill with spatial analysis capability, this program may be for you. 

This program is academically demanding, and you should be prepared to spend sufficient time outside of the lecture and laboratory sessions to become adept with the concepts and techniques presented there.  This program consists of four themes:

  • Data collection
  • Data management & manipulation
  • Geospatial data analysis and geospatial logic
  • Cartographic principles & design

And when you enroll in this Geographic Information Systems Technology program, you have the option to take courses at the University of Winnipeg as well for a Joint Diploma or Degree.

The workload is significant, so effective time management skills are essential to successful completion of this program. An understanding of general geographic and geomatic concepts will be an asset.
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a strong aptitude for computer technology with strong and extensive computer skills.
  • Are able to analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources
  • Have a strong sense for spatial relationships
  • Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems
  • Can work effectively in a teamwork environment

In this program you will use a state-of-the-art networked workstations. The workstations are configured with dual monitors, DVD drives, current CPU’s together with a large amount of RAM and large capacity hard drives.

The College is a partner within the Manitoba Educational Geographic Information Systems Consortium (MEGIC), which gives you access to the entire ESRI geographic information system software tools suite. As well, each workstation is equipped with Autodesk AutoMap and PCI image analysis software. All workstations have Microsoft Office Suite and Internet access. Scanning and large format plotting is available.

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg. 

Please note that students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete practical lab requirements (if applicable). Red River College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.


Depending on your academic background, you may want to explore career opportunities where GIS is being applied including:

  • Archaeology
  • Oil and gas
  • Biology
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Urban planning
  • Forestry
  • Marketing and
  • Land use/parks management.

When you graduate from this program, you may seek a position as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician, earning an average of $34.00/hour if you have some work experience already.

Learning Outcomes

After course completion, you are expected to be familiar with the following program themes:

  • Remote sensing
  • Geographic information systems fundamentals
  • Spatial analysis & modeling of geographic process
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Surveying
  • Statistics
  • Cartography techniques and presentation

Course Outline

he material presented progresses from an introduction of generic skills to discipline-specific analysis and decision making. 

This culminates in the last term, where you will propose, plan, and conduct a 160 (minimum)  hour  GIS project demonstrating the discipline-specific competencies acquired in the advanced courses related to the application of and analysis with technology. For this project, you are encouraged to develop partnerships with business, government, or other groups to address a real-world question.

Term 1
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
CIVG-4021 Remote Sensing 5
CIVG-4022 Statistics for GIS 3
CIVG-4024 Cartography 4
CIVG-4025 GIS Fundamentals 7
CIVG-4026 Programming 1 6
CIVG-4030 Project Management Fundamental 2
CIVG-4032 Surveying 2
CIVG-4034 GIS Applications 1 3
SEMR-0229 WHMIS Workshop 0
SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
Term 2
CIVG-4027 GIS Modeling 4
CIVG-4028 Digital Photogrammetry 2
CIVG-4029 Programming 2 6
CIVG-4031 Spatial Database Management 5
CIVG-4033 Thesis Project 4
CIVG-4035 GIS Applications 2 3

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Engineering and CAD Technology

Duration : 8 months

Qualifications Level : Post-graduate Advanced Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 12,000
Student Association 105
Health Insurance Coverage 456
Tech Fees 166
Materials and Lab Fees 1,122
Student Services 176
Rec. Fee 20
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There is one intake date per year and this is in September.  Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  It is recommended that you have at least two years of work experience in an appropriate technical environment prior to admission.

You must comply with the following requirements

  • Relevant Diploma or Degree
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section

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