Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
There are no prerequisites for this module
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are of increasing importance to our understanding and management of environmental and socio-economic problems and people with appropriate GIS skills are in high demand by such diverse sectors as the military, central and local governments, the environmental agencies and the likes of insurance companies and property developers. The module introduces fundamental GIS concepts and capabilities and examines a variety of applications ranging from multi criteria analysis to drone technology. In recognition of the applied nature of the course introductory training in the use of industry-standard GIS software is provided and an opportunity is presented for students to apply their skills to addressing a specific case study. A wealth of technologies apart from standard GIS and Remote Sensing methods are introduced, including 3D modelling, 3D printing, distributed GIS and bespoke aerial data acquisition using drones.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-30044/lists
The primary aim is to further student knowledge and comprehension of the concepts of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and to demonstrate ways in which such understanding can be applied to solving real-world problems.
Intended Learning Outcomes
demonstrate a systematic understanding of GIS and its inter-relationship with other fields of study: 1,2,apply GIS knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, synthesising ideas and information to generate novel solutions: 1,2,deploy GIS techniques and processes to evaluate and solve real-world problems: 2,work independently with limited supervision, within agreed guidelines, taking responsibility for accessing support and accepting accountability for determining and achieving personal outcomes: 2,
9 x 1 hour lectures9 x 3 hours introductory software tutorials and laboratory classes114 hours completion of assignments and self-study
1: Class Test weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Computer based class testIn-class computer test of approximately 2-hours duration, with a random selection of questions from a pool, covering topics introduced during lectures and practical sessions. Questions will include, but not be limited to, identifying key GIS concepts, solving spatial problems or performing GIS operations. The test consists of a variety of question types, including, but not limited to, MCQ, short answer, fill in the gap or ordering questions. Students obtain immediate feedback after completion.2: Project weighted 60%
Project reportA project report (2000 words max) focusing upon a particular real world GIS application, suggested by the lecturer or, if agreed with the lecturer, the student, which will apply the methods, theories and techniques explained and practised during lectures and practicals. A typical report could identify an issue, propose a method to find a solution, implement the process, display the results and discuss the outcome.