PLAN40220 Geographical Information Systems for Policy and Planning

Academic Year 2023/2024

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies and tools are applied across many planning and policy areas including land development, transportation, economic and community development, and environmental management. Expectations of GIS are not limited to automation of routine data manipulation, analysis and visulaisation; GIS are also useful for managerial tasks, policy design and evaluation, decision-making, and communication with the public. The overall objective of this module is to introduce students to the main principles and concepts pertinent to developing GIS and to utilising them for urban, rural, and environmental planning and policy analysis, design and evaluation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the module students should be able to:
- Understand the fundamental concepts and principles associated with GIS
- Handle the basic functionality of ArcGIS software for input, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data
- Apply GIS-based methods and capabilities to address a planning and/or policy issue

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Computer Aided Lab


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
• Problem Based Learning
• Online Tutorials
• Interim problem solving sessions and discussions
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Geographical Information Syste (PEP40100)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Theory & Practice Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: GIS team project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


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?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Anna Molter Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 09:00 - 10:50