- Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||11 x 3 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Practical exercise 1||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Practical exercise 2||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Practical exercise 3||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe and explain the fundamental principles and components of a GIS.
2. Incorporate data of a range of types into GIS.
3. Use GIS to present a variety of data in appropriate formats.
4. Undertake analysis of data using a variety of tools within ArcGIS.
This module will provide students with experience of the practical use of GIS software, hardware and data. The use of GIS as an analytical tool and as a means of communicating information will be introduced in the context of both scientific research and vocational applications.
- Gained an understanding of the fundamental principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
- Applied GIS as an analytical tool using real world examples;
- Used GIS to effectively communicate information;
- Experience of both freely available (Google Earth) and commercial (ArcGIS) software.
- An appreciation of the range of GIS tools and data available and the opportunities this affords for increasing our understanding of natural systems.
Weeks 1- 2: Principles of GIS. Coordinate systems, projections and geo-referencing.
Weeks 3-5: Obtaining data and incorporating data into a GIS, types of secondary data, collection of field data, use of GPS.
Weeks 6-8: Organising and presenting spatial data.
Weeks 9-11: Analysis of spatial data and practical applications of GIS.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Analysis of numerical data forms a core component of the module and use of GIS also requires a range of mathematical skills.|
|Communication||Students will be required to communicate spatial information effectively for a prescribed audience.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Some components of the module will be undertaken in an unsupervised manner requiring the student to apply good time management.|
|Information Technology||The whole module involves development and assessment of IT skills.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Real-world examples of the use of this technology will be embedded within the module.|
|Problem solving||By its nature the successful use of GIS requires the development of problem solving skills.|
|Research skills||Students will be expected to gather data from a range of primary and secondary sources.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Dependent upon the data chosen and types of analyses conducted it is likely that there will be opportunities for students to acquire additional skills relevant to their particular study schemes.|
|Team work||Data may be collected in groups.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5