Geographical Information Systems (L7032DECO)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Gain an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using both the current industry-standard software, and the increasing number of web-based geographical tools.

You develop a theoretical background which means you look critically at the subject and gain practical skills in using these tools.

You also get experience of data collection, data capture, database, analytical and visualisation techniques, and learn how to produce maps using free web-based applications.

This methodology is illustrated through a range of social and environmental applications, emphasising the decision-assisting potential of GIS analysis. This module is useful if you want to:

  • use GIS software
  • use the products of GIS analysis
  • commission or evaluate GIS work by others.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Essay, Test)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: