NS5307: Geographic Information Systems

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NS5307: Geographic Information Systems

Module Title Geographic Information Systems
Module Code NS5307
Module Tutor Lucy Clarke
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module aims to impart the principles of GIS data gathering, manipulation and output, and to develop an understanding of the principles associated with the acquisition, presentation and interpretation of remotely-sensed data. The module will focus on the application of these techniques using a range of GIS software. This module must be passed by all those wishing to take NS6306 Advanced GIS.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to GIS

Using Digimap to download maps

Digitising in ArcMap and draping in ArcScene

GIS and remote sensing

Image manipulation and classification

Raster GIS introduction; suitability mapping and modelling with QGIS

Reclassification, digitising and problem-solving in QGIS

Mapping procedures

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and applications of remote sensing and GIS

2.  Demonstrate an awareness of the various kinds of spatial imagery and data formats used in such systems

3. Appreciate the wide range of applications of GIS and remote sensing

4. Capture, input, interpret and evaluate appropriate visual and numerical data from various sources

5. Demonstrate competency in using a range of GIS software

6. Demonstrate an ability to select the most effective graphic output to illustrate meaningful associations between spatial data sets

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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