Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 Hours.
Practical 18 Hours. Includes 2 field based practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1) 2, 000 word laboratory practical project report on secondary data acquisition and processing.  40%
Semester Assessment 2) 1,500 word `consultancy report - on the field application of DGPS.  30%
Semester Assessment 3) 1,500 word GPR project: processing, analysis and interpretation of GPR profiles.  30%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed elements of coursework. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify and acquire a range of secondary spatial data sources of relevance to the geographical, earth, and environmental sciences

2. Convert analogue spatial data to digital spatial data within a GIS framework

3. Acquire georeferenced spatial data in the field using DGPS

4. Acquire and interpret subsurface data using GPR techniques

Brief description

The first part of the module will deal with issues relating to the acquisition of secondary datasets (both analogue [e.g. maps and aerial photography) and digital [e.g. Digital maps, DEMs, LiDAR). The second half of module will provide students with training in the acquisition of primary datasets using surface topographic survey (total station and differential GPS) subsurface (GPR) techniques.


The main themes covered in this module are:
  1. Types and sources of secondary spatial data - maps and map projections, aerial photographs and LiDAR (1 week)
  2. Acquisition and processing of spatial digital data - Landmap and Digimap (2 weeks)
  3. Converting analogue spatial data to digital spatial data - map and AP digitizing techniques ( 2 weeks)
  4. Land survey techniques - total station (1 week)
  5. Land survey techniques - DGPS (2 weeks)
  6. Sub-surface surveying techniques (2 weeks)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Coordinate geometry will be used in DGPS processing
Communication None
Improving own Learning and Performance Practice in writing scientific reports, development of new GIS and land-survey skilss
Information Technology Use of state-of-the-art GIS and DGPS processing packages. Excel. Use of web-based databases for acquisition of spatial datasets
Personal Development and Career planning None
Problem solving None
Research skills Developed through training provided in digitizing, GIS, DPS and GPR
Subject Specific Skills Training will be provided in the use of state-of-the-art DGPS equipment
Team work Several laboratory and field-based exercises will involve group work, both in terms of data processing and data interpretation

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ackroyd, N. and Lorimer, R. (1994) Global navigation : a GPS user's guide Lloyd's of London Press Primo search B. Hofmann-Wellenhof, H. Lichtenegger, and J. Collins. (2001) Global positioning system : theory and practice. Springer-Verlag: New York Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7