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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5811M GIS in the Workplace (WUN)

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Andy Turner

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

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG5690MMasters Work-based Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will expose you to a range of different management techniques for the development of a GIS application in the workplace. You will develop a project idea that is relevant to your workplace (where possible), working through the whole life cycle from design through to planning.


On completion of the module students should:
- Have considered GIS project design and implementation methodology in workplace contexts.
- Understand what feasibility studies are and how they can be developed.
- Have practised compiling a feasibility study report.
- Have practised critically evaluating aspects of feasibility plans.
- Be aware of the range of potential implementation issues in changing workplace practice in a GIS development context.
- Have practised identifying risks of GIS development and mitigation measures to alleviate these risks.
- Have considered GIS developments in terms of:
End-user needs and requirements
Human and organisational issues
Functional requirements

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.


- GIS project identification, design and management
- Creating a conceptual and physical data model
- Project design and management
- Project management techniques and tools
- Implementation issues (human and organisational) and problems
- Project evaluation.

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
Report3,500 words90.00
Online Assessmentn/a10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:32:21


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