introduce participants to spatial analysis using GIS software
introduce the theoretical problems associated with capturing, handling and analysing spatial data
explore these issues through the practical use of ArcGIS or QGIS, two widely used GIS software packages.
Module learning outcomes
Successful participants will be able to:
appreciate the nature of spatial data types
understand the basic GIS functionality available in GIS software suites
perform a basic spatial analysis of environmental data using ArcGIS or QGIS
Generic / Employability Skills:
In studying this module students should acquire additional employability skills in the following areas:
presenting written material in the form of a reportiImproved computer literacy/Utilizing specialist computer software
problem solving/analytical skills associated with the spatial analysis problem that has to be solved for the assessment
adaptability & flexibility - some methods will be more difficult to get working than others, students have to choose between approaches as the project develops
attention to detail - including planning and organisation, numeracy and time management.
this module has aided many past students in securing employment in the environmental sector.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework GIS Analysis Project
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment Essay
Formative feedback is offered during the computer practical help sessions.
Feedback on summative assessments is provided as written comments on returned work (copied to each individual) and where appropriate via a class e-mail detailing common issues.
This is a hands-on module. There is no key text. A number of web-based materials will be listed on the VLE along with some text books for further reading should students want to investigate the underlying theory behind GIS technology.