The module will introduce the basic concepts and techniques underpinning geographic information systems.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand the difference between reality and data representation.
- Understand the properties of spatial data models.
- Gain knowledge of the representation of the physical and human world in GIS.
- Explain the importance of the spatial characteristics of geographical data.
- Confidently use a range of relevant forms of IT software.
- Have knowledge of a range of analytical and observation techniques in geographical information systems.
- Have an awareness of the significance of scale.
- Have a command of the methods of geographical analysis and interpretation.
- Use GIS software for a range of tasks including entering and handling spatial data, and executing functionality such as buffering and overlay
- Employ technical methods in geographical information system.
- Marshall and retrieve data from library and internet resources.
- Abstract and synthesise information.
- Analyse and critically interpret geographical data.
- Understand the concept of spatial variation and properties that distinguish spatial data from other types of data.
Geographic information systems (GIS) are powerful frameworks for the handling of geographically referenced data. This module comprises a mixture of lectures and computer-based practicals delivered using popular GIS software. The lecture material will focus on the fundamental concepts of GIS at an introductory level, including an introduction to spatial data, methods for data input, storage and analysis, and map preparation. The module is suitable for all students, with example applications drawn from both human and physical geography and beyond. The techniques and processes taught using these examples are easily transferable to other disciplines. The module allows progression to the modules 'Advanced Geographical Information Systems' (GEOG2021/3006) and 'Applied GIS: Using GIS in the Workplace' (GEOG3067); and is complementary to modules in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning methods comprise a range of activities, some instructor-led others student-led, designed to provide students with a range of learning opportunities. These include: lectures, online and face-to-face self-paced computing practicals, companion video demonstrations, Blackboard discussion forums, help sessions and guided reading.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Blackboard. Materials will be made available to the students through Blackboard.
Software. Students will use ArcGIS and standard office software. ArcGIS is available on-campus or available through iSolutions for installation on students’ own PCs.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External