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.


100%: Practical


40%: Coursework (Computer-based examination)
60%: Written assessment (Report)

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.

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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: