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GEOG5870M Web-based GIS

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Rachel Oldroyd

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Either: GEOG5022M (Professional & Personal Development) or basic programming experience

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5871MWeb-based GIS (WUN)

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
- Demonstrate an awareness of web server management and security issues

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

Skills outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
The theory and application of quantitative, visualisation and other spatial techniques across a wide range of geographical contexts.

Cognitive skills
Solving problems and making reasoned decisions.

Practical/professional skills
Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team;
Employ a variety of technical and laboratory-based methods for the analysis and presentation of spatial and environmental information (eg GIS, water chemistry, etc);
Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data.

Key skills
Apply numerical and computational skills to geographical information;
Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail);
Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources.


- Introduction: Why GIS on the web?
- Using Google Maps to generate simple maps
- Introduction to Javascipt
- Advanced use of Google Maps
- LAMP: Software solution stack
- Databases and database management systems
- Web mapping with Leaflet
- Advanced data interactions
- Security considerations
- Adding locational data to web-based maps

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session22.004.00
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours32.00
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, informal workshops and interim deadlines

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioClient & server practicals, 1500 words equivalent30.00
Computer ExerciseIndividual project, 2500 words equivalent70.00
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: 13/08/2020 10:58:34


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