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Environmental Decision Support Systems

Module name (EN): Environmental Decision Support Systems
Degree programme: Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011
Module code: PIM-WI65
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 2
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Group project: requirements specification for an EDSS
Curricular relevance:
KI869 Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016, semester 2, optional course, informatics specific
KIM-EDSS Computer Science and Communication Systems, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 2, optional course, informatics specific
MAM. Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2013, semester 8, optional course, informatics specific
PIM-WI65 Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011, semester 2, optional course, informatics specific
PIM-EDSS Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2017, semester 2, optional course, informatics specific
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Ralf Denzer
Prof. Steven Frysinger
Prof. Dr. Ralf Denzer

[updated 25.03.2015]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
- Explain the natural and social science foundations of environmental decisions;
- Discuss the role of information systems in decision support in general, and environmental decision making in particular;
- Describe the difference between Environmental Management Information Systems and Environmental Decision Support Systems (EDSS);
- Explain the value of integrating such technologies as geographic information systems, mathematical process modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, linear programming, and expert systems into an EDSS;
- Describe the theoretical foundations of geographical information systems;
- Compare and contrast vector vs. raster encoding of spatial data layers;
- Develop a user-centered design of an EDSS for a specific decision and decision maker.

[updated 26.02.2018]
Module content:
Environmental Decision Support Systems are computer systems that help humans make environmental management decisions.
They facilitate "Natural Intelligence" by making information available to the human in a form that maximizes the effectiveness of their cognitive decision processes, and they can take a number of forms. EDSSs are focused on specific problems and decision-makers.
This sharp contrast with the general-purpose character of such software systems as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is essential in order to put and keep EDSSs in the hands of real decision-makers who have neither the time nor inclination to master the operational complexities of general-purpose systems.
This course will combine seminars on various topics essential to EDSS design with a practical project in which students will specify the fundamental interaction design and software architecture of a system supporting an environmental decision problem of their choice.

[updated 26.02.2018]
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Module offered in:
SS 2019, SS 2018, SS 2017, SS 2016, SS 2015, ...
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