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GIS Programming 2 GIST 8010

Geographic Information Systems Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course covers advanced GIS programming issues. Topics include accessing the latest GIS data stores: RDBMS, ORDBMS, XML and binary files, creating custom classes, events and exceptions. Advanced UI controls that render graphics, bind data and integrate the latest web and mobile technologies will be use to present geospatial data.


  • 50% in GIST 7010
  • Course registration is restricted to current students registered in a BCIT GIS program.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of GIST 8010 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 74408


Fri Jan 13 - Fri Mar 31 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 74408
  • $800.99
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 13 - Mar 31 N/A N/A Online

Rob Hewlett

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.





Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Students must be accepted into the GIS program and completed the prerequisites prior to registration of this course. Students need to receive approval to register for this course. To receive approval, please email your BCIT Student ID to For more information about online courses at BCIT, please visit: Students must check your e-mail account for start-up instructions sent upon registration of this course. To be successful in our online courses, plan to spend 4-6 hours per course each week on your studies, starting Week 1. Our courses are highly interactive with participation requirements weekly. Most of our online learning courses require a textbook. You can search for your course textbook at : If no textbook is listed, course material will be provided via e-mail.

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Create desktop and web applications that display graphical information.
  • Implement object-oriented principles such as encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, abstraction, and serialization.
  • Use Catch...Try...Finally statements for structured error handling.
  • Create and handle custom events.
  • Access and update GIS binary and XML files.
  • Access GIS data stored in an RDBMS or ORDBMS.
  • Create MVC and MVP structured web applications.
  • Create web applications that integrate the latest web-based and mobile GIS technologies.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2011

Related Programs

GIS Programming 2 (GIST 8010) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Full-time
  2. Geographic Information Systems
    Advanced Diploma Part-time
  3. Geographic Information Systems
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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