Universidad de Jaén

Master's Degree of Science in Quality Assessment and Management of Geographical Information.

3rd Edition. Course 2017-2018

Course director

Course director

Francisco Javier Ariza López.
Dpt. of Cartographic Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry.

Course duration

Course duration

75 ECTS credits
Each ECTS credit equals 25 hours.



Virtual Classroom.

University of Jaén.



Part A: Quality evaluation of Geographic Information (25 ETCS).

Part B: Quality management of Geographic Information (25 ETCS).

Part C: Master Thesis (MTh) (25 ECTS).

Key dates: Course 2017-18

Key dates: Course 2017-18

Start-teaching date: 09/25/2017
Stop-teaching date: 06/10/2018
Latest delivery date for the MTh: 11/22/2018
Non-teaching period: Christmas (23/12/2017 to 08/01/2018), Easter (24/03/2018 to 04/04/2018).

Preinscription and Registration

Preinscription and Registration

Master's Degree of Science in Assessment and Management of the Quality of Geographic Information (3rd Edition)

Preinscription: until 7/09/2017
Registration: From 09/18/2017 to 09/21/2017
Fees (*, **): € 3000

(*) Part A or Part B will be validated for those who are in possession of one Expert Title (EUEQIG or EUGQIG) issued by the University of Jaén in any of its previous convocations. In this case the registration fee will be € 2000.

(**) Parts A and B (50 ECTS) will be validated to those who are in possession of the two titles of Experts (EUEQIG or EUGQIG) issued by the University of Jaén in any of its previous convocations. In this case the registration fee will be € 1000.


Quality in production processes

The quality of the production processes is a paramount aspect of the competitiveness of companies. Traditionally the issue of quality is associated with large multinational companies which manufacture equipment and consumer goods. Nevertheless our society and companies have evolved and quality is not only a concern of large companies, small and family companies and also public administrations develop their own quality plans and systems. For this reason the job market demands more and more quality specialists.

Geomatics (cartography, photogrammetry, geodesy, remote sensing, surveying, geographical information systems, etc.) is not yet sufficiently close to the quality habits of the industrial processes. In geomatics the positional aspect of spatial information has been a customary quality concern but this does not suffice. Geographic Information has many other perspectives (theme, time, coherence, etc.), and must be understood in the same manner as an industrial productive process: the cartographic production process. Geomatics is based on the use of powerful hardware and software tools but these tools can also be used improperly or in an uncontrolled manner, thus degrading the quality of data being processed.

The new paradigm for the use and distribution of geographic information are the Spatial Data Infrastructures, and quality is a key factor in achieving true interoperability and true profit by means of the synergic use of different data sets. For the above-mentioned reasons there is a current and pressing need for Geographic Information quality specialists. Because quality is not attained in the official studies there is a clear need for training, practical and theoretical, in this discipline.

Quality in production processes


This Master's Degree aims to cover two fundamental fields of Quality:
The Assessment (quality assessment, QA) and Management (quality management, QM) of spatial data.
After completing the course participants will be able to:

Know and explain the term spatial data quality.

Explain and use basic concepts of probability and statistics applied to quality evaluation os spatial data

Use the ISO standards related to the quality of geographic information (ISO 19157).

Implement control sampling planes by means of ISO standards (ISO 2859, ISO 3951) or by ad hoc designs.

Describe and evaluate quantitatively the uncertainty of geomatics products.

Use the ISO standards related to Quality Management (ISO 9001).

Conduct quality audits.

Manage the quality of Geographic Information in a spatial data-producing organization.

Improve the quality of Geographic Information products.

Use planning as a strategic quality tool.

Target persons

- Cadastral engineers
- Surveyors
- Engineers in geodesy, cartography or photogrammetry
- Civil and public works engineers
- Agricultural and forestry engineers
- Military engineers
- Cartographers
- Computer engineers
- Graduates in geography

In general, all the engineerings and degrees related to the territory and the environment in which we work with spatial data.

Target institutions

- National Mapping Agencies
- Cadastral institutions
- Military mapping services
- Civil cartographic institutes and agencies
- Academic university institutions
- Research centers working with geographic information

In general for organizations and companies that work using or producing geographic information.


Admission requirements

Academic level of entrance and background are important. Applicants for the program should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course, preferably with working experience.

Admission selection

A selection process of applicants will be followed. Basic selection criteria are the academic and professional curriculum. If necessary, the inscription order will also be considered.


Only students who pass parts A and B and pass the Master Thesis will receive the master degree certification.

The contents of the course and the marks obtained by the student will be included in the title. It will also be mentioned that this is a virtual program.
Nevertheless, the accreditation will be expedited according to Spanish laws.



It is a task based learning with both theoretical and practical contents. The study load is 20 to 25 hours per week. The teaching methodology is adapted to a virtual course. All the material is provided on line in a digital learning environment platform. Several communication channels are available to contact with teachers: intra platform and external e-mail, forums, Skype and telephone.

For active modules the teachers’ response will be given in less than 24 hours (for working days).



The course is offered in Spanish and English depending on the option chosen in the registration and preinscription. It is not a bilingual master's degree, so you can communicate in the language of your choice. The course material will be provided in the chosen language in the registration, while the forums will be answered in Spanish and English. Participants in distance and virtual programs of the University of Jaén are exempt from language tests. Students of Portuguese language are admitted, who can express themselves in Portuguese and deliver their work in Portuguese.

Master Thesis

Master Thesis

The MTh is the practical culmination of the Master. The MTh may have application or investigation perspective. It will be an individual job. Each MTh will be assigned a tutor(s) who will carry out the academic guidance.

Study Marks

Study Marks

All the student’s work will be considered for his or her final mark. Study marks will be computed taking into account the test examinations results, the marks of the practical exercises, the mark of the MTh and the active participation in the course.


My opinion on the course is without a doubt positive. It is a course oriented to professionals of the sector although its content structure makes it suitable for different levels of previous knowledge. The course allows different levels of deepening; Both can be used to acquire general knowledge about the quality of geographic information, as well as to delve into more specific aspects of quality, as it provides the student with specialized readings and above all you have the possibility to consult directly as many questions as possible. Teacher.

As far as the platform is concerned, although the course is virtual, the attitude of the teachers has been of full availability and permanent collaboration. Their commitment is to answer any question within 48 hours but in fact it has always been answered before. The feeling I have had is that communication has worked well, enabling an agile workflow.

My feeling has not been to find myself alone in the immensity of the subject, the platform allows to participate in the development of the course and the possibility of communicating through forums with students allows to share doubts and solve them together.

However, if you want to get a good result you have to dedicate many hours of work because apart from reading and understanding the theoretical documents, the course is eminently practical and you have to present practical exercises of each topic. (by Google translator)

J. Plana Aguilar
ICC, Barcelona-España - 1ª Edición

It is a comfortable course to follow although it is online because it is well structured and has a good organization.

This does not mean that the course is exceeded without effort and work, as the estimate of 25 hours of dedication per week is quite correct. I have enjoyed a lot throughout the development of the course. (by Google translator)

M.F. Andrés de Araujo
(ULPGC, Las Palmas-España) - 1ª Edición

A hard course .... hard. Difficult, at least for me. It is not the typical online course almost testimonial. Have to work.
That is why it is perhaps the most rewarding thing I have ever done. From what I have learned and the possibilities that I see in this field of quality.
It has also been gratifying for the faculty, for their ability and dedication. If it was not for them, I would not have been able to finish. And for the companions and companeras.
In short, difficult but rewarding and productive. (by Google translator)

A. López Palacios
(Murcia-España) - 1ª Edición

The course  promoted by the University of Jaén, surpassed my expectations in several aspects. Although it is a distance learning course, contact with teachers, via the Ilias teaching platform or via e-mail and Skype, has always been a constant practice and those have shown a sincere concern with students' learning.

The content of the course was also very comprehensive, updated and deepened, having been sufficient for me to develop professional activities in the control and quality evaluation in the various activities and stages of production of the geographic information, besides having enabled me to make contact with what It is current regarding the regulations of official bodies and what is discussed and deliberated regarding the evaluation of the quality of geographic information in the most developed countries in this area.

L.A Scorsin
(Neocart, Paraná-Brasil) - 1ª Edición

My opinion of the course is generally very good. He personally helped me to complete knowledge related to the quality of geographic information, which I had not seen so deeply in my university studies. And it is that the course contains a syllabus and practical exercises very elaborated by the teachers, this on the other hand requires a major effort of the student to carry it out, but is made pleasant through forums with peers and quick answers Of teachers to all the doubts that are being raised. (by Google translator)

M.D. Gómez Vidal
(Telvent, Sevilla-España) - 1ª Edición

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