Module Identifier RS26120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Penri James  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David R Powell, Mr Stephen P G Kingston  
Course delivery Lecture   24 Hours 8 x 2 hour and 8 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   9 Hours 3 x 2 hour and 3 x 1 hour seminars  
  Practical   12 Hours 4 x 3 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment DATA MODELLING ASSIGNMENT  40%
Supplementary Assessment DATA MODELLING ASSIGNMENT  40%
Supplementary Assessment SPATIAL AWARENESS ASSIGNMENT  60%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Select and manipulate data using appropriate software

2. Evaluate the validity of data sets

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

4. Present information in a variety of formats


The aim of the 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

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5