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Geographical Information Systems - ENV00043I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Colin McClean
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
    • See module specification for other years: 2024-25

Module summary

This is a hands-on skills module which will introduce you to handling spatial (map) data using computer software.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • 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

On completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the nature of spatial data types
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic GIS functionality available in GIS software suites
  • Handle some remotely sensed satellite data to assess land cover
  • Perform a basic spatial analysis of environmental data using ArcGIS or QGIS


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Standard departmental feedback form in standard departmental feedback period.

Indicative reading

De Smith, Michael John (2013). 4th ed.Geospatial analysis : a comprehensive guide to principles, techniques and software tools

Neteler, M, Miasova, H. (2010) 3rd ed. Open source GIS : a GRASS GIS approach

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.