Geographical Information Systems (L7032A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The module is designed to introduce you to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) using both the current industry standard software, and the increasing number of web based geographical tools. The module will provide a theoretical background that will enable you to look critically at the subject while providing you with practical skills in using these tools. You will gain direct experience of a range of data collection, data capture, database, analytical and visualisation techniques.

This methodology will be illustrated through a range of social and environmental applications, emphasising the decision-assisting potential of GIS analysis. The module should be of value if you; wish to use GIS software, the products of GIS analysis, or will commission or evaluate GIS work by others. The module should also enable you to produce maps using free web based applications.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 46 hours of contact time and about 104 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: