Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Geographical Information Systems
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 6 x 2 Hour Lectures
Practical 9 x 2 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3500 word assignment based on the completed laboratories and fieldwork.  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and explain the underlying concepts within a GIS.
  2. Select and apply appropriate techniques for the collection and processing geographic spatial data in various forms within a GIS
  3. Use commercial GIS software.
  4. Integrate spatial geographical data from a range of sources for practical application
  5. Critically evaluate the scientific methodologies used in GIS

Brief description

The module will provide an introduction to the concepts of GIS and practical experience in collecting, entering, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting spatial data. Vocational training will be given in the collection of environmental (field) data and the use of commercial GIS (ArcMap) software, both of which will contribute to essay based assessment of the module.


Lectures (5):
  • Introduction to GIS and data entry
  • Coordinate Systems and Map Projections
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Digital Elevations Models and Hydrology
  • Spatial data on the internet and World Wide Web.
Laboratories (10)
  • Introduction to ArcGIS - User interface and data entry (Revision from Levels 1 and 2)
  • GPS Forest Inventory - Field visit to Penglais wood.
  • Statistical data manipulation and data entry and fusion.
  • Digitising from aerial photos and attribution of features and integration with DigiMap.
  • Vector Data and its manipulation. (2 laboratories)
  • Raster Data and its manipulation.
  • Digital Elevation Models, ArcMap hydrology tools and 3D visualisation
  • Worked through `real world example (e.g., environmental impact assessment). (2 laboratories).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Use of mathematics in computer-based programming within a geographic information system and spreadsheet software
Communication Suitable presentation of spatial data in the form of maps
Improving own Learning and Performance Completion of comprehensive GIS laboratories and reading of literature
Information Technology Use of computers for the manipulation of geographical data with a geographic information system.
Personal Development and Career planning Knowledge of careers in GIS
Problem solving Computer-based analysis of geographical data
Research skills Field data collection, computer-based learning of GIS skills and analysis of resulting datasets
Subject Specific Skills Specialist skills in GIS analysis
Team work Collection and input of field data


This module is at CQFW Level 6