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%: Practical


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Report)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.