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2015/16 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5231M GIS and Planning (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Nik Lomax

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Mar, 1 Jan to 31 Mar (3mth)(adv yr), 1 Jul to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5080MGeographical Info & Planning

Module replaces

GEOG5071M (WUN) and GEOG5081M (WUN)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will introduce you to GIS in urban, regional and national planning. We will cover the main sources of data, emerging data standards and the latest e-government initiatives. You will also be exposed to a range of GIS applications such as planning for education, transport, health provision and emergency planning


On completion of the module students you should be able to demonstrate:
- an awareness of key information sources;
- an understanding of the development and application of GIS and modelling;
- methods in urban and regional research;
- 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
- An appreciation of the role of GIS in a range of applied planning contexts.
- An awareness of the range of spatial data services available to support the plannning context.
- Experience of GIS based analysis in one or more of the relevant planning contexts.
- The ability to communicate independent research findings in formats appropriate to 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.


- Planning and the need for geographic information
- Planning support systems and public participation
- GIS and crime
- GIS and education
- GIS and transport
- GIS and emergency planning.
- GIS and Health
- GIS and retail development

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, the online discussion room and attendance monitoring via activity on VLE

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word equivalent50.00
Report1 x 2,000 word equivalent report50.00
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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