Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Registered for the MSc in GIS/remote sensing
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 15 minute presentation per student.
Other 24 days of work experience to be taken during January.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Industrial placement portfolio of completed tasks  70%
Semester Assessment Post-placement presentation (15 minutes)  20%
Semester Assessment Employer Report  10%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation and employer report marks to be carried forward. Resubmit elements of coursework. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Sustain a work placement for a required period of time.

2. Work to a set schedule within a business, academic or a government environment and complete tasks in a timely , effective and efficient manner.

3. Work independently but also within a team envioronment.

4. Complete GIS and/or remote sensing related tasks to an agreed standard.

5. Apply the knowledge and experience gained in GIS/remote sensing modules to real work situations and for applications development and research.

6. Assess and reflect on the value and relevance of the work experience gained through a post placement presentation.

7. Assess the contribution of the placement experience to their career development.

Brief description

Students will be allocated work experience in GIS and/or remote sensing for two full days per week (unpaid) during the 2nd semester at one of the following locations:
  • Environment Systems: a GIS company in Aberystwyth that has close links with IGES.
  • Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) GIS unit, Aberystwyth.
  • IGES, Remote Sensing Laboratory.
In each case, the student will work on specific advanced GIS/remote sensing techniques that have direct commercial use or benefit pure or applications research and development. Each student will be allocated with a dedicated supervisor for the duration of the placement.


Through these placements, students will be offered advanced training in one or several of fields including digital photogrammetry, lidar processing, SAR processing (including polarimetry and interferometry), image segmentation and classification (e.g. using eCognition), hyperspectral analysis, database management, development of user-specified software, terrain analysis and GIS applications research.

For each placement, students will be given a specified and mutually agreed GIS/remote sensing application problem, which they will address through individual research and teamwork within the organisation supporting the placement. Each poroject will have a commercial and/or research emphasis.

Students will provide a portofolio of their work and present a 15 minute seminar on their work experience at the end of the period. The Employer will provide a report on the performance of the student.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number May be required for certain tasks
Communication Oral discussion and presentation
Improving own Learning and Performance Library and web-based referencing
Information Technology Depending on placement but is expected to include the use of commercial remote sensing software (e.g. IDL ENVI, eCognition, SOCET SET, Gamma and Erdas imagine) for practical applications. Specific skills in programming and statistical analyses
Personal Development and Career planning Career needs awareness
Problem solving Students may be set specific tasks to solve particular problem e.g. the creation of new software
Research skills May be required to solve specific tasks
Subject Specific Skills Image and geographical analysis.
Team work Will be required when working in industry


This module is at CQFW Level 7