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GEOG2010 Introductory Geographic Information Systems

Module Overview

The module will introduce the basic concepts and techniques underpinning geographic information systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce the basic concepts and techniques underpinning geographic information systems.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of spatial variation and properties that distinguish spatial data from other types of data.
  • Employ technical methods in geographical information system.
  • Use GIS software for a range of tasks including entering and handling spatial data, and executing functionality such as buffering and overlay
  • Explain the importance of the spatial characteristics of geographical data.
  • Analyse and critically interpret geographical data.
  • Abstract and synthesise information.
  • Understand the properties of spatial data models.
  • Understand the difference between reality and data representation.
  • Have an awareness of the significance of scale.
  • knowledge of representation of the physical and human world in GIS.
  • Have a command of the methods of geographical analysis and interpretation.
  • Have knowledge of a range of analytical and observation techniques in geographical information systems.
  • Confidently use a range of relevant forms of IT software.
  • Marshall and retrieve data from library and internet resources.

Syllabus

Geographic information systems (GIS) are powerful tools 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 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 module allows progression to the module GEOG2021/3006 and GEOG3067; and is complementary to modules in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation.

Special Features

This module has no special features beyond PC use.

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, Blackboard discussion forums, help sessions and guided reading.

TypeHours
Teaching27
Independent Study123
Total study time150

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.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 66%
Exam 34%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 66%
Exam 34%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite of GEOG2021, GEOG2037, GEOG3006, GEOG3066 and GEOG3067 One of the pre-requisites for GEOG2038

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