|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||10 x 2 hours|
|Other||Field study visit (2 x 8 hours)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Coursework. Fieldwork report based on planning, acquisition, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data obtained from the Cambrian Mountains (4000 words).||50%|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Examination. Practical-based examination (3 hours)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission. Resubmit failed elements of coursework.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Resit. No resit available if student failed to attend the fieldtrip without documented and approved special circumstances.||50%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Identify main sources of GIS data and their use for particular applications.
- Demonstrate and explain the functionality of GIS software and appropriately select tools for specific applications.
- Display and analyse spatial data in both two and three-dimensions and develop spatial models of dynamic processes.
- Undertake field studies to support the collection of GIS data.
- Advanced GIS procedures
- Viewshed analysis
- Principles and construction of geodatabases; geocoding
- Network analysis (2 lectures)
- Tracking analysis
- Programming in GIS
The module will introduce the students to advanced procedures in GIS analysis and will cover a range of applications in physical geography. The course focuses particularly on the more complex functionality of GIS systems (e.g., network analysis, geostatistics), providing information on theory and hands-on experience with GIS software. Programming within a GIS environment is also introduced. The module also includes a field visit to the Cambrian Mountains during which insight into advanced methods of GIS data collection and analysis will be obtained.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Skills report writing and submission of a discussion paper. Discussion groups within the blackboard teaching and learning environment.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Library and web-based referencing.|
|Information Technology||Use of commercial GIS software for practical applications. Specific skills in programming and statistical analyses.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Provision of advice and information on careers.|
|Problem solving||Computer programming and development of statistical skills.|
|Research skills||Basic strategies relating to data sources and data collection, data integration and processing within the framework of a GIS and effective analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data. Field data collection.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Use of GIS software.|
|Team work||Fieldwork will be undertaken in groups who collectively will be involved in the experimental design.|
Reading ListRecommended Text
Burrough, P.A. & McDonnell, R.A. (1998) Principles of Geographical Information Systems Oxford University Press Primo search Chang, K. (2006) Introduction to GIS Goodwill Primo search Dent, B.D. (1999) Cartography: Thematic Map Design 5th edition WCB McGraw-Hill, Boston Primo search Martin, D. (1996) Geographic Information Systems 2nd edition Routledge, London Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7