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GEOG5831M Using GIS (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Helen Durham

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Apr, 1 Jan to 30 April (adv yr), 1 Jul to 31 Oct View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5032MGIS Data Visualisation & Analysis
GEOG5042MGeographic Data Visualisation & Analysis

Module replaces

GEOG5021: Using Databases and GIS

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will introduce you to one of the most commonly used GIS packages: ESRI's ArcGIS. You will learn how to use ArcGIS for mapping and spatial analysis of both vector and raster data. You will also learn about how to access environmental and socio-economic data from a variety of different sources.


The objectives of this module are to:
Train students in the use of a proprietary GIS;
Introduce students to a variety of data sources and how to extract data from online databases
Provide skills in data entry, manipulation, analysis and mapping and to be able to use the basic spatial analysis techniques included in proprietary GIS to solve geographical problems;
Provide an appreciation of the differences between vector and raster models when used in application contexts.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students should have a good working knowledge of ArcGIS and be familiar with a number of online data sources. Students should be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained to solve geographical problems in a variety of application contexts.

Skills outcomes
- Generic C&IT skills
- GIS software
- Accessing data from various online providers
- Graphical display and manipulation
- Spatial analysis
- Mapping and cartography.


Indicative topics could include:
- Using web-based systems to extract various geographic and attribute data for use in a GIS
- Introduction to ArcGIS applications: ArcCatalog, ArcMap and Arc Toolbox
- Use of ArcMap for editing, display and production of cartographic output
- Use of ArcGIS for various analyses (spatial selection, spatial query, geocoding, buffering, overlay, aggregation)
- Use of Spatial Analyst for raster data manipulation
- Multi-criteria evaluation techniques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Student work through structured units over an eight week period (approximately, depending on their previous experience with the software). Each unit has a practical exercise to complete as independent learning. Students are encouraged to discuss topics and exercises in unit discussion boards. Students complete 2 assignments in the remaining time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through email communication and the online discussion forum. For students taking this module as their first module there is a trial assignment (formative) set to establish study skills baseline. Attendance monitoring via activity on VLE

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1,500 word equivalent portfolio30.00
Portfolio2500 word equivalent workbook70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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