2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG5995M Programming for Social Science: Core Skills
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Andrew Evans
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is mutually exclusive with
|GEOG5990M||Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skil|
|GEOG5991M||Programming for Geographical Information Analysis (WUN): Cor|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module provides foundation level skills in computer programming. It introduces different types of programming and software development practice in general and in a geographical context. It encourages sustainable software development through: the application of software licences; the production of well documented source code; software testing; version control; and the production of user documentation. It is based on the development of software for geographical data processing and visualisation in a series of supported practical exercises.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should have:
- A clear understanding of sustainable software development practice.
- Awareness of common issues in computer programming and in developing software.
- Awareness of useful resources for developing software.
- Practiced developing well tested, well documented source code and delivering a package of software.
Foundation level computer programming.
Practical skills in sustainable software development.
- Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources.
- Solving problems and making reasoned decisions.
- Plan, design, execute and report research.
- Undertake effective analysis work.
- Employ a variety of technical methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information.
- Apply numerical and computational skills to data.
Use information technology effectively.
- Introduction to computer programming.
- Variables and scripting.
- Flow control and procedures.
- Data input
- Data processing
- Data visualisation
- Interfacing with GIS software.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||21.00|
|Private study hours||91.00|
|Total Contact hours||38.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyStudents will be given structured online learning materials that supplement the course in a variety of areas of interest to their research. As part of their project for the module, they will be expected to work through at least one set of materials.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe practical components will build up software which will be assessed in portfolio form. The projects will be set during the week long teaching period, and then three weeks later will be formatively assessed for progress during a half-day workshop. The final project will be due in some five weeks after this.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Project||2,500 word equivalent||70.00|
|Portfolio||Portfolio of practical work (1,500 word equivalent)||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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