PLAN20020 Introduction to GIS

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to the basic concepts and organisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated technology. A comprehensive overview of GIS technology is provided including data capture, data analysis, data presentation and representation within a GIS framework. Emphasis is placed on the application of GIS technology to assist in problem investigation and as a decision support tool for planning.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Understand the basic concepts associated with GIS
2. Understand the basic working of GIS technology
3. Input, analyse and present basic data within a GIS software package
4. Apply GIS technology to investigate and/or address issues in public policy and planning

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lectures
- Lab-based learning
- Problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GIS Planning Project (PEP20080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Individual Assignment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Project: Group project utilising national data related to assess relevant planning and public policy issues. Coursework (End of Trimester) 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on request.

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) - Autumn: Weeks 1-6 Thurs 14:00 - 17:50