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GEOG2041 Applied GIS: Using GIS in the Workplace

Module Overview

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills required for developing their own GIS-based projects, either as standalone analysis or as part of a larger piece of work for both environmental and social applications. Students will be encouraged to plan and conduct spatial analysis using GIS (both ArcGIS and QGIS) and understand the challenges and strengths of this method, as well as the range of data sources available. Working in groups, potential challenges in project planning and management will be identified, and students will present the problems and proposed solutions in small groups. Students will then use their own idea or select a topic from a predefined list to plan and complete a project which uses GIS as the primary means of analysis, practicing the application of their spatial analysis skills in preparation for employment or further education in GIS. A complementary module, GEOG3006, focuses on advanced geospaitial analysis.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Collaborate with others to prepare and present research through written work and oral presentation
  • Understand challenges and difficulties in project management, presentation of results (both oral and written) using effective communication skills
  • Synthesise multiple data sources to answer a specified research question.
  • Evaluate proposed projects in a workplace setting including cost-benefit analysis.
  • Critically analyse published literature and reports from a range of organisations including local authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • Evaluate spatial and non-spatial data sources for quality and relevance to project planning
  • Apply and understand the stages of project development with specific relevance to GIS.


Skills addressed in lectures: students will learn advanced skills in GIS with special attention to project management, research design and planning, resource allocation, cost-benefit analysis of GIS (and licensed vs open-source options). In addition they will be expected to critically evaluate project reports that describe the process and outputs from GIS-related analysis. Skills developed in computer practicals: students will have the opportunity to further develop their GIS skills and apply them to a range of scenarios through set tasks using both ArcGIS and QGIS and will be introduced to Python. They will also work together to prepare group presentations on the challenges of project management and practical difficulties such as timely access to required data or changing deadlines, project aims. This module is intended to prepare them for similar tasks if employed as a GIS analyst or further education.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and computer-based practical sessions

Independent Study117
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Key readings will be assigned on a weekly basis from journals and online resources. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 50%
Coursework  (1500 words) 30%
Presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Co-requisite: GEOG2010

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