GEOG30880 Projects in GIS

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module builds upon prior knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and allows students to design and implement a GIS project of their own. The basic structure of the course consists of lectures on a set of core GIS techniques (5 weeks) supported by readings on the applications of GIS. By the 6th week of the term, each student will be expected to have designed a GIS (or remote sensing) project to complete, The second half of the course will be taken up with discussion and workshops to support your research project.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes for this module include:
1. Building proficiency in spatial analysis skills using GIS and related software and
2. Develop research skills including the design and execution of a self-designed project.

Indicative Module Content:

The first half of the module will introduce (re-inforce) methods applied to vector and raster based geographic datasets. The assignments will employ a variety of datasets such as census data, landuse and land cover data, road networks and elevation. The methods we will employ include slope analysis, selection criteria, buffers, etc. An important part of this part of the module is the development of analytic and graphic skills.

The independent work will be the students own choosing and this will mean designing the project, compiling all the relevant data and developing a methodology. The final report will be in the form of an academic paper with an Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. The paper will be supported by references, figures and tables.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This course build upon prior GIS experience and is not designed as a typical lecture-based module. At the beginning of the module, I will discuss and demonstrate techniques using geographic data and academic papers. The initial assignments are to ensure you have the skills needed to progress. Much of the second half of the module will consist of peer-learning (sharing of ideas and of techniques) and one-to-one or one-to-many workshops to support your reserach project. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Three GIS assignments to be completed in the first half of the course. These projects that will evaluate your understanding of spatial analysis techniques and cartographic design. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Final project in the module, which is founded on GIS/RS techniques. Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Outline of your final project including a description of data sources and methodology. Week 6 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students should expect detailed feedback on the project proposal especially. The assignements are graded and commented upon.

Name Role
Dr Jeremy Auerbach Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 13:00 - 13:50