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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5080M Geographical Information and Planning

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Martin Clarke

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5231MGIS and Planning (WUN)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces the ways in which geographic information is used in different planning contexts including urban and regional research. The module covers the key issues which drive the retail store location process and the methodologies retailers use to find optimal locations. This module enables the understanding of the importance of geography and GIS in modern retail and business organisations.


On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
- an awareness of key information sources;
- an understanding of the development and application of GIS and modelling methods
- skills in how to extract data from key sources and use relevant computer software for research and data analysis;
- skills in how to develop and implement GIS projects within a range of applied contexts.

Learning outcomes
-Students will develop an appreciation of the role of GIS in applied planning contexts.
-An awareness of the range of spatial data resources to support the planning process.
-Experience of GIS based analysis in one or more of the planning contexts.
- The ability to communicate independent research findings in formats appropriate to the range of stakeholders in the planning sphere.

Skills outcomes
- Pursuit of knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way;
- learning and independent study;
- information processing (including IT skills): literature searches;
- data manipulation (including IT skills): analysis of data (especially spatial data); statistical methods;
- communication: written presentation; scientific writing;
- management: safe and effective project planning and execution; time management.


Indicative topics could include:
- Planning and the need for geographical information
- Frameworks for Geographical Information
- GIS and Health
- GIS and Emergency planning
- GIS and Retail Development
- GIS applications in urban planning

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours114.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading x 24 hrs
- Preparation of presentation x 10 hrs
- Preparation of project reports 80 hrs.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback on assessed work
- Discussion and practical support related to GIS projects

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word report based on individual GIS project.50.00
Report1 x 2,000 word report based on individual GIS project50.00
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: 13/04/2015


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