Module Identifier GG10720  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter W Abrahams  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Bryn P Hubbard, Dr Heidi V Scott, Dr Richard M Lucas, Dr John P Grattan  
Pre-Requisite Acceptance on a Geography Single Honours or Joint Honours degree programme.  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours. 1 hr lectures.  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. 10 x 2 hrs practicals, 4 x 1 hr practicals, 2 half day fieldwork  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Cartographic Analysis 10%; GIS/Remote Sensing 10% ; Computer Cartography 10%; Statistics 30%; Fieldwork 40%. All components must be submitted in order to obtain a pass in the module, though late submissions will be subject to the usual departmental penalties. Failure due to non-submission of work will normally result in denial of the opportunity to resit.100%
Supplementary Assessment All components must be submitted in order to obtain a pass in the module. The resit involves submitting failed components, reworking original exercises or undertaking equivalent pieces of work, according to the requirements of each section of the module. Students will be notified in writing of their specific resit requirements by the module coordinator.100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, participants should:-


To provide a sound training in the acquisition, manipulation and presentation of both primary field data and fundamental forms of secondary geographical data.


This module provides an introduction to a range of geographical data sources, both primary data to be observed and collected in the field, and secondary data to be acquired from document repositories and databanks. Fieldwork is split into two components: the first at the beginning of semester 1 focusses on observations, whilst the second, at the end of semester 2 focusses on data collection and analysis. Included in the laboratory component are the most fundamental spatial information sources for the Geographer - maps, aerial photos and satellite images, along with computer methods and statistical techniques. In these sections example data will be used to evaluate a variety of methods of manipulation, analysis and presentation. Staff representing a wide range of geographical perspectives are involved in the delivery of this module.

The module is organised around five sections:

Section 1: Introduction - referencing and literature searches; fieldwork assignment 1: observation exercise in the local area (3 weeks).

Section 2: The Principles of Cartography - Map design and analysis (2 weeks).

Section 3: Computer Cartography - Map design, Map Production (3 weeks).

Section 4: GIS - Remote Sensing (2 weeks).

Section 5: Qualitative data sources (1 week).

Section 6: Statistics (3 weeks).

Section 7: Fieldwork assignment 2: independent project work (3 weeks).


This module is at CQFW Level 4