Module Identifier EAM3060  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Richard M Lucas  
Semester Semester 3 (Summer)  
Other staff Dr Aled P Rowlands  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of core and optional semester 1 and 2 Masters level modules  
Course delivery Other   No formal contact time but students will be assigned a supervisor to provide guidance and advice during the course of the research and the writing of the dissertation.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Produce a 15,000 - 20,000 word (maximum) research thesis: 90%90%
Semester Assessment Present a research seminar: 10%10%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation marks to be carried forward. Resubmit research thesis. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Independently formulate research design and hypotheses.

2. Demonstrate their knowledge of the theoretical principles of scientific research.

3. Place research in appropriate wider contexts.

4. Search relevant databases.

5. Undertake independent fieldwork (if applicable)

6. Undertake appropriate laboratory analyses of GIS/remotely sensed data.

7. Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate GIS/remote sensing software.

8. Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of professional quality thesis.

9. Present the results and conclusions of their research in a coherent manner in the form of an oral presentation.

10. Work to a tight schedule.

Brief description

The research project is an independent study on a chosen research question in GIS/remote sensing. Students will have the possibility to specialise in the use of specific technique(s) in order to solve particular research questions. Students will be encouraged to regard GIS/remote sensing as a tool and therefore should be used in the context of a particular research problem. Students will be able to use data from the substantial archive of remotely sensed imagery available in the GIS/Remote Sensing Laboratory or alternatively may acquire their own from data providers, in consultation with members of IGES staff.

Students will be expected to devise a research enquiry and to use appropriate GIS/remote sensing techniques to solve the research problem.


Module Skills

Problem_solving Students are expected to devise a research enquiry and to use appropriate techniques to solve the problem.  
Research skills Research skills are integral to the successful completion of the module as it is based on a research enquiry.  
Communication Students will present their work to their colleagues and to members of staff through the medium of a formal presentation.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will conduct much of this work independently; therefore there is a requirement for them to read appropriate literature and to ensure that maintain good time management to complete the research on time.  
Team work Team work will be required for the acquisition of ground truth data.  
Information Technology Students will use a variety of advanced GIS/remote sensing software.  
Application of Number The research will involve the analysis of data. Statistical tests will be performed on the data set.  
Personal Development and Career planning Skills gained in specialist GIS/remote sensing software will directly aid those seeking a career in GIS/remote sensing.  
Subject Specific Skills Students will further their skills in GIS and remote sensing through the use of specialist software packages.  


This module is at CQFW Level 7