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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5871M Web-based GIS (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Rachel Oldroyd

Taught: 1 Apr to 31 Jul, 1 Jan to 30 Apr (4mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Either GEOG5991 Programming for Geographical Information Analysis: Core Skills or experience in programming GIS

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5870MWeb-based GIS

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module skills students up to be able to demonstrate: - A detailed knowledge of the principles of web-based GIS; - A working knowledge and understanding of client side and server side technologies - How to set up a working custom GIS-based web client and server.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a range of technologies used for web-based data storage, manipulation,
visualisation and analysis
- Build a complete web-based GIS application based on a popular set of software components
- Demonstrate a set of transferable skills relating to web development and database management

Learning outcomes
- An understanding of server-side technologies including PHP and Postgres
- Understanding of JavaScript


- Introduction: Why GIS on the web?
- Using Google Maps to generate simple maps
- Introduction to Javascript
- Advanced use of Google Maps
- LAMP: software solution stack
- Databases and Database management systems
- Web mapping with Leaflet
- Advanced Data Interactions
- Security considerations

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Discussion forum101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours60.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

To undertake reading, research and preparation of assessed work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practical assessments, monitoring of server activity and interim deadlines

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer ExerciseIndividual project, 2500 words equivalent70.00
PortfolioClient & server practicals, 1500 words equivalent30.00
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: 30/06/2021 15:36:37


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