Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module, which is available for students taking the Natural Sciences degree route, provides an introduction to a variety of techniques for the acquisition, interpretation, analysis and visualisation of a variety of geological and geophysical data, including Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing. The module is divided into the following sections which are covered by a combination of lectures andpractical classes:a) Geographical/Geological Information Systems (GIS) covering an introduction to GIS, data types (e.g. raster and vector, coordinate systems), electronic maps (e.g. Geology Digimap), digital elevation models and image data.b) The Global Positioning System (GPS) and its use for geological fieldwork.c) Near-surface geophysical data interpretation, analysis & visualisation.d) Remote Sensing covering an introduction to remote sensing, remote sensing data types, aerial photo interpretation/photogeological mapping, interpretation of satellite images, and the use of Google Earth for geological investigation.The further development of numeracy and computing skills are also embedded within this module.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-10047/lists
To provide an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and programming techniques for the interpretation, analysis and visualisation of a variety of geoscience data.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Make effective use of Geographical Information System (GIS) software as a tool for the integration of a variety of geoscience data and the production of geological maps: 1Use a variety of digital techniques and specialist software applications for the acquisition, interpretation and visualization of geological field data: 1Apply remote sensing techniques to make geological interpretations of aerial photographs and satellite imagery: 1,2Use the Python programming language for geoscience applications: 3
- Practical classes: 33 hours- Private study and assignment completion: 117 hours
1: Computer Task weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Use Geographical Information System software to integrate geological data and produce geological maps.Development of a GIS to integrate and visualise a variety of geological data for a selected area, along with a 750-1000 word report on the geology of the study area. Use GIS techniques to produce a geological map of a selected area.2: Practice Based Assessment weighted 20%
Remote sensing practical assignmentsA short written report (400-words total) on the results of a satellite image processing exercise.3: Computer Task weighted 30%
Python programming assignmentsSubmission of a python notebook completing and documenting a series of programming tasks.