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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG5060M GIS and Environment

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr S J Carver

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module looks at the ways in which GIS can be applied to the study of environmental sciences including modelling terrain, hydrology, ecology and land use. The module considers issues in the application of GIS such as sampling strategies, scale and generalisation, error and uncertainty, and grid-based modelling before looking at how these methods can be applied to understand landscape processes.


By completing this module you will acquire:

- the ability to explain the role of GIS in mapping and analysing the environment;
- knowledge of the use of GIS across a range of applications in the environmental sciences including terrain analysis, hydrology, and environmental assessment;
- familiarity with the use and application of the ArcGIS package; and,
- knowledge of environmental data sources, skills in the interpretation of spatial environmental data and an awareness of specific problems and issues relating to data quality, spatial data models and methods of interpolation.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

LO1. Explain the theory and concepts of GIS and its application to a range of problems within environmental science and management;
LO2. Demonstrate working knowledge of ArcGIS software and be able to apply this effectively to explain and interpret a range of problems within the environmental sciences.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

SLO1. Identify and perform appropriate environmental applications of GIS;
SLO2. Select and apply appropriate datasets and tools for the study of environmental challenges;
SLO3. Interpret spatial data and communicate model results to end users such as policy-makers, academics and local communities;
SLO4. Discuss specific problems/issues pertaining to environmental applications of spatial data and methods.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored by:1. performance within weekly practical classes2. Formative assessed practical assignments3. submission of research project proposal (formative assessment).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 29/04/2024 16:14:37


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