Module Identifier EAM1620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Richard M Lucas  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Aled P Rowlands  
Pre-Requisite EAM1320  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Practical   10 Hours.  
  Other   30 Hours. Fieldwork  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Research paper focusing on the use of GIS for a specific application.50%
Semester Assessment Fieldwork report based on planning, acquisition, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data obtained for the Cambrian Mountains.50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed elements of coursework. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify main sources of GIS data and their use for particular applications.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the functionality of GIS software and appropriately select tools for specific applications.

3. Handle spatial data in both two and three-dimensions and develop spatial models of dynamic processes.

4. Undertake field studies to support the collection of GIS data.

Brief description

The course, which is applications focused, will introduce the students to GIS techniques for terrain analysis, hydrological modeling, and landscape assessment and ecosystem modeling. To cover the social sciences, the use of GIS in applications ranging from geography of disease, water quality, public health and agricultural disease will be addressed. The course will also contain a field visit to the Cambrian Mountains.


Manipulation and analysis of vector, raster and tabular data, cartography and map projections, development and design of databases and integration of data from various sources, advanced programming and statistical analysis.   

Geography of disease, water quality, public health and agricultural disease. Using examples, the functionality of GIS software (e.g., network analysis, geocoding) will be explored and advanced techniques demonstrated.

Integration of digital elevation models (DEMs), generated using photogrammetry, lidar, ASTER and SAR interferometry, into a GIS and methods of terrain analysis including topographic and hydrological modeling. The use of DEMs for vegetation characterization, landscape assessment, glacial hazard and flood risk assessment, and hydrological and ecosystem modeling will also be outlined and demonstrated.

Field visit (in conjunction with EAM1320: Advanced Remote Sensing) to the Cambrian Mountains (mid Wales) to the collection of data for input to GIS.   

Time-series analysis of data for land use and land cover change assessment and raster-based modeling.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Computer programming and development of statistical skills.  
Research skills Basic strategies relating to data sources and data collection, data integration and processing within the framework of a GIS and effective analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data. Field data collection.  
Communication Skills report writing and submission of a discussion paper. Discussion groups within the blackboard teaching and learning environment.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Library and web-based referencing.  
Team work Fieldwork will be undertaken in groups who collectively will be involved in the experimental design.  
Information Technology Use of commercial GIS software for practical applications. Specific skills in programming and statistical analyses.  
Personal Development and Career planning Provision of advice and information on careers.  
Subject Specific Skills Use of GIS software.  


This module is at CQFW Level 7