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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5011M Principles of GIS (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Luke Burns

Taught: 01 Oct to 31 Dec, 1 Apr to 30 Jun (3mth)(adv yr), 1 Apr to 30 June, 1 Sep to 31 Dec (4mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5010MPrinciples Of GIS
GEOG5740MIntroducing GIS

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary



The objectives of the module will be to:
- Introduce the concepts and theories that form the foundations of modern geographical information systems (GIS);
- Illustrate how an understanding of the concepts and theories is GIS essential if you are to become a proficient user of GIS;
- Introduce the scientific literature on concepts, theories and applications of GIS in selected fields of human and physical geography.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have:

- an understanding of concepts and theories that underpin modern GIS and are applied in GIS application;
- an understanding of the analytical functionality of GIS;
- an appreciation of the advanced analytical functionality and how it is used in applications of GIS;
- an appreciation of conceptual and technical issues in using GIS;
- an understanding of the issues relating to project management and its use within organisations using GIS (e.g. data collection/data availability);
- an understanding of technological developments e.g. the use of GPS;
- an understanding of the sources, textbooks, scientific journals, selected websites and selected papers from the scientific literature offering information about concepts and theories of GIS and related technologies.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the concepts and theories of modern GIS;
- be familiar with resources, literature and techniques for applying GIS to problem solving within human and physical geography;
- be able to discuss the concepts, principles and methods of using GIS to solve specific spatial data mapping, management and analysis problems.


Indicative topics could include:
- Introduction to GIS
- GIS Data Issues (1)
- Spatial data models
- Geographical databases.
- GIS and Spatial Analysis (1)
- GIS Data Issues (2)
- Network and Surface modelling
- Data Sharing and Legal issues
- GIS and modelling.

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

To undertake reading, research and preparation of assessed work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through email communication and discussion. 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
ReportShort reports, 2000 words total50.00
Essay2000 words50.00
Essay500 words (Induction students only)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/12/2015


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