Geographical Information Systems

Module code: L7032
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module is designed to introduce you to the various components that constitute a Geographical Information System (GIS), while providing you with practical skills in using these tools. Using leading GIS software, you will gain direct experience of a range of data collection and input, database, analytical and visualisation techniques. These will include:

  • georeferencing
  • vector/raster integration
  • and data classification.

This methodology will be illustrated through a range of social and environmental applications, emphasising its decision-assisting potential and looking at some real world examples from the fields of disaster management and development.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe the fundamental aspects of GIS and the methods used to represent the spatial and non-spatial aspects of the real world
  • Successfully use GIS as a decision making tool in a specific field
  • Critically assess the potentials and limitations of GIS and understand how these influence spatial analysis
  • Formulate academic arguments and present them in written form