Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 X 1 hrs
Practical 5 x 2 hrs


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework: laboratory skills report based on analysis of spatial data within the framework of a GIS (2000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 hour written examination on GIS principles and applications.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed assignment  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. List, describe and evaluate main sources of GIS data
  2. Explain the functionality of commercial and open source GIS software
  3. Design and implement basic routines for processing and analysing data within the framework of a GIS.

Brief description

The module provides an overview of basic GIS functionality and techniques through lectures and practicals, with focus on integrating and analysing vector and raster data within the framework of a GIS and introducing commonly available software including Google Earth. Key skills in GIS use are conveyed. Example applications from a range of disciplines will be used.


5 x 1 hour lectures
5 x 2 hour practicals
Basic principles of GIS
Vector and raster datasets
Data sources and integration within a GIS
GIS analysis of landscapes
Web based mapping and use of Google Earth

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Quantitative analysis of GIS data
Communication Discussions with fellow students in laboratories and through interactive lectures
Improving own Learning and Performance Literature review and discussions with lecturers
Information Technology Use of commercial, open source and in house software
Personal Development and Career planning Awareness of scientific literature, functionality of software and programming
Problem solving Use of GIS for spatial analysis; selection of datasets and implementation of appropriate analysis techniques
Research skills Using GIS software, programming within GIS and reviewing literature
Subject Specific Skills As above
Team work Practical assignments

Reading List

Essential Reading
Burrough, P.A. & McDonnell, R.A. (1998) Principles of Geographical Information Systems Oxford University Press Primo search Chang, K. (2011) Introduction to GIS Goodwill Primo search Dent, B.D. (1999) Cartography: Thematic Map Design 5th edition WCB McGraw-Hill, Boston Primo search Harvey, F. (2008) A primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts Primo search Heywood, I., Cornelius, S. and Carver, S. (2006) An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Prentice Hall Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7