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.

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 10 hours of contact time and about 140 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: