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STAT6122 Geographic Information Systems

Module Overview

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides the tools for spatial data capture, editing, processing, analysis and presentation (in map and online output formats). This course provides the basics of the GIS environment and the functional requirements for analysing data, linking attribute tables to geography and displaying, querying and analysing data from the geographic interface. Practical examples and exercises will be drawn from real-world case studies on the use of social science data (e.g. census) and relating data to outputs areas, sampling regimes etc.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Having successfully completed the module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of Geographic Information Systems
  • Having successfully completed the module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of spatial data analysis
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to critically assess different approaches for data collection, management and manipulation in GIS.
  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to construct analysis and generate effective outputs from GIS.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to generate, analyse and present geospatial data related to study in the social sciences.
  • Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to use Geospatial software for processing

Syllabus

• Principles of GIS (raster and vector) • Introduction to ArcGIS / QGIS • Using Tables / Geodatabases • Selections and Queries • Georeferencing • Creating and Editing Layers • Producing Maps • Geoprocessing & Other Tools • Spatial Analysis / Extensions • Advanced Editing • Customisation / Model Builder /Python The precise syllabus will depend on the eventual software selection, Note the shift from ArcGIS to ArcPro which may affect the syllabus.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Depending on feasibility, teaching may be delivered face to face intensively over a week, or online using a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online methods, which may include lectures, discussion boards, workshop activities, exercises, and videos. A range of resources will also be provided for further self-directed study.

TypeHours
Teaching27
Private study hours70
Total study time97

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

100% coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework and Report  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Approved Calculators

Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.

Stationery

You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.

Textbooks

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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