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UNIVERSITY OF MAURITIUS

YEARLY EXAMINATIONS

MAY/JUNE 2013

PROGRAMME BA (HONS) HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY - YEAR 3R

MODULE NAME INTRODUCTION TO GIS

TUESDAY 28
DATE MODULE CODE CIVE 3217(5)
MAY 2013

13.30 15.30
TIME DURATION 2 HRS
HRS

NO. OF NO. OF QUESTIONS


4 4
QUESTIONS SET TO BE ATTEMPTED

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

Answer all questions.


INTRODUCTION TO GIS CIVE 3217(5)

You have a friend living abroad and he wishes to know where you live in Mauritius
but unfortunately he cannot find out. You will help him find your location by
preparing and sending him a map highlighting your city, town or village.

Instructions:

The data you require for this map are located in the network folder Exam_GIS.
Prior to starting the exam, copy the whole folder to your C drive.
Complete the exercise and answer the 4 questions on the answer sheet provided.
When completing the map, you will be saving and burning your working folder on
the CD provided. You will have 15 additional minutes after the 2 hours exam to
engrave the CD.

Question 1

Map display (30 points)

Open ArcMap
In ArcCatalog navigate to the folder C:\Exam_GIS and add the below data from the
Geodatabase My_town.gdb

- aerofacp
- builtupa
- coastl
- Districts_Mauritius
- Inwatera
- roadl
- watrcrsl

In the table of content, rearrange the order of display if necessary as follow from top
to bottom:

- aerofacp
- roadl
- watrcrsl
- inwatera
- coastl
- builtupa
- Districts_Mauritius
- tileref

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In the table of content, rename each layer as follow:

- aerofacp: Airport
- builtupa: Settlements
- coastl: Coastline
- roadl.shp: Roads
- Districts_Mauritius: Districts of Mauritius
- Inwatera: Lakes and Dams
- Watrcrsl: River

Save the map as My_Town_Name_Surname.mxd in the Exam_GIS folder

LEAVE THE MAP OPEN AND DO NOT FORGET TO SAVE YOUR WORK
FROM TIME TO TIME.

Exercise 1

How many lakes and Dams are visible on the map? Check in the attribute table.

Exercise 2

How many Rivers and Streams are there?

Question 2

Symbology and Labels (30 points)

Symbolize each layer as follow:

a. aerofacp: Airport

Use the Airport symbol

b. Inwatera: Lakes and Dams

Use the Lake symbol

c. Watrcrsl: River

Use the River symbol

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d. builtupa: Settlements

Use a light gray colour (gray 10%)

e. coastl: Coastline

Dark gray colour (gray 40%)

f. roadl.shp: Roads

In the Roads Layer Properties, symbolize the roads using Categories / Unique
Values.

- For Value Field, select rtt_descri

- Add All Values and symbolize the categories of road as follow:

- Other: Road undefined (light gray line with 1.00 width)


- Primary route: Expressway
- Secondary route: Road undefined

- Uncheck the box next to all other values

g. Districts_Mauritius: Districts of Mauritius

In the Districts of Mauritius Layer Properties, symbolize as follow:

- Categories /Unique Values


- Value Field: Name
- Color Ramp: Yellow Greens
- Uncheck all other values

Labels as follow:

Check Label features in this layer


Label Field: Name
Font: Arial, size 10, Bold, Black

Exercise 1

How many categories of roads are there in the layer Roads?

Exercise 2

What does the NAME field represent in the layer Districts of Mauritius?

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Question 3

Selection and create a new layer (20 points)

In the layer Settlements attribute table, you will be looking for the city, town or
village from where you are from.

Select the row for your city, town or village. Close or minimize the attribute table. If
there are more than one value for your village or town, visualize on the map the area
that concerns you only in order to select that one only.

In the Table of content, from the Settlements layer, export the new selection as a
layer (Data/Export Data). Browse to the folder Exam_GIS and save the new layer as
My_town.

Accept when asked to display the exported data as a layer in the map.

From the Table of contents, Rename the new layer My Town (without the _ ).
Choose a bright colour of your choice as symbol and label as follow:
Font: Arial, size 14, Bold, Red
Make sure the label feature is activated and the layer visible on the map.

Question 4

Map Layout and export (20 points)

You will be creating the layout of the map before sending to your friend.

Switch to Layout view (bottom of display).


From the Layout Toolbar, Change Layout and choose the letterPortrait.mxd in the
Traditional Layouts tab.

Rearrange the map to best fit the page, rezoom and center if necessary.

If the legend appears very small, you will select it and delete it. Then from the top
menu, insert a new legend. On the window that appears, click next to all and finish.
A new legend should appear on the map layout, you can then resize and place it
where it best fits.

Double-click the text element below the scale bar and write in your name and
todays date.

Change the Title accordingly to My Town in Mauritius or My Village in Mauritius

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The scale bar should show units in Kilometers, but here the bar might show Decimal
Degrees. If it is not already in Kilometers, double-click the scale bar, you should
then be able to change the unit to kilometers in the window that appears and by
choosing the correct tab.

Your map is finished, Save and finally Export Map to PDF. Save the new PDF in the
Exam_GIS Folder.

Burn the Exam_GIS Folder on the CD given to you and write your name and ID
number on the CD before handing over to the invigilators.

END OF QUESTION PAPER

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