Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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 natural resources management, to population issues and pollution monitoring. In recognition of the applied nature of the course 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.
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: 1,2apply GIS knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, synthesising ideas and information to generate novel solutions: 1,2deploy GIS techniques and processes to evaluate and solve real-world problems: 1,2work independently with limited supervision, within agreed guidelines, taking responsibility for accessing support and accepting accountability for determining and achieving personal outcomes: 1,2
9 x 1 hour theory sessions9 x 3 hours software tutorials and laboratory practical sessions114 hours completion of assignments and self-study
1: Project weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
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 should identify an issue, propose a method to find a solution, implement the process, display the results and discuss the outcome.2: Computer Task weighted 40%
Computer based class testComputer task with a random selection of questions from a pool, covering topics introduced during theory and practical sessions. Questions include, but are not 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.