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GEOG5051M Applied Environmental GIS (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Helen Durham

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Apr, 1 Jan to 30 Apr (Adv pre 2223), 1 Jul to 31 Oct View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5060MGIS and Environment

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module addresses environmental Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. The water industry has seen a rapid uptake of GIS and this topic is discussed and explained in depth. Within a changing environment it is important that we are able to understand water demand and usage. We will use digital elevation and land cover data to look at environmental topics such as flood modelling, land suitability and locating contaminants. This module provides an excellent introduction to applied geographical research using environmental data.


On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate:
- Understanding of how GIS can be applied in a number of real world contexts;
- Understanding of the major issues and problems in the water and land use management sectors;
- An ability to solve key environmental problems of the day;
- An understanding of the interconnections between environmental problems and socio-economic geodemographics (human/environment interfaces);
- An ability to design a decision support system for applied environmental management.

Learning outcomes
Develop and understanding of environmental contexts and how GIS can be applied to solve and support environmental problems of the day.

Skills outcomes
Generic C&IT skills, using everyday work examples. In addition, the implicit programme level skills.
- 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.


Indicative topics could include:
- Water demand management
- Water supply and water quality management
- Terrain analysis
- Flood modelling
- Pollution modelling
- Nature conservation
- Land suitability.

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, online discussion forums. Attendance monitoring via activity on VLE

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio1,500 word equivalent portfolio30.00
Report2,500 word equivalent project report70.00
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: 05/08/2020 17:04:15


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