Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 3 hour lecture per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment DATA MODELLING ASSIGNMENT  60%
Supplementary Assessment SPATIAL AWARENESS ASSIGNMENT  40%
Supplementary Assessment DATA MODELLING ASSIGNMENT  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

Outcome 1
Select and manipulate data using appropriate software

Outcome 2
Demonstrate the validity of data sets

Outcome 3
Use information technology to solve routine and non-routine problems

Outcome 4
Present information in a variety of formats


The aim of this module is to examine the role of technology in the rural context. It is designed to develop the advanced information technology skills that allow students to select and use appropriate software to solve problems. It encompasses a multidisciplinary approach concentrating on the use of spreadsheets, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, questionnaire software, web site design and digital imaging within rural studies. It is expected that the module will improve the employability of students since the skills addressed are in demand with employers.

Brief description

Understanding how selected software can be utilised to solve problems is a skill much in demand by employers. A student who has been exposed to, and can understand how to use a variety of software types will be increasingly employable in a technology driven environment. This module demonstrates how software can be manipulated to deal with particular problems.


  • Modelling scenarios with a spreadsheet
  • Handling data with database and spreadsheet software
  • Statistics on a spreadsheet
  • The application of GIS and GPS technology
  • Constructing questionnaires using Keypoint
  • Web site construction
  • Manipulating digital images

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The use of spreadsheets will improve numeracy skills.
Communication Visual presentation skills will be developed through web design and digital imagery lectures and practicals.
Improving own Learning and Performance Non assessed tasks will enhance problem solving skills prior to assessment.
Information Technology Software skills will be developed throughout
Problem solving Lectures and Seminars will centre around the setting of problem solving tasks. Assessed coursework will also involve problem solving as a key element.
Team work Spatial awareness assignment will involve teamwork to produce questionnaire and collect results.

Reading List

Barlow, J F (1999) Excel models for business and oeprations management Wiley Primo search Carlburg, C (1995) Business analysis with Excel Primo search Cassettari, S (1993) Introduction to integrated geo-information management Chapman and Hall Primo search Donovan, T M and Welden, C W (2002) S;preadsheet exercises in ecology and evolution Sinauer Associates Primo search Donovan, T M and Welden, C W (2002) Spreadsheet exercises in conservation biology and landscape ecology Sinauer Associates Primo search Kraak, M (1996) Cartography visualization of spatial data Longman Primo search McClelland, D (2992) Photoshop 7 Bible Wiley Primo search Middleton, M R (1995) Data analysis using Microsoft Excel 5 Duxbury Primo search Niderst, J (1999) Web design in a nutshell O'REilly Primo search Robson, A J (1995) Desining and building business models using Microsoft Excel McGraw-Hill Primo search Roman, S (2002) Access database design and programming O'Reilly Primo search Whitham, D (1998) Quantitative business methods using Excel Oxford University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5