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CEG1714 : GIS Fieldcourse (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The GIS Fieldcourse module is delivered as a 11 day residential fieldcourse in the North East of England, working in small groups. It is a great opportunity for students to reinforce the skills and theory learnt within semester one modules.

The main aims of this module are
• To consolidate theory of GIS and plane surveying with practice.
• To give experience in organisation and teamwork on a substantial exercise.
• To introduce plan design and drafting
• To show and develop basic methods of GIS field data capture and processing
• To introduce the management, representation and modelling of fieldwork captured GIS data
• To introduce concise and unambiguous scientific writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

The majority of this module will take place during the Easter vacation at a field study centre in the North East of England. The fieldcourse is designed to complement CEG1702 and CEG1703 lectures and practical’s by placing the theory and practice taught in these modules into the context of an integrated topographic surveying and GIS project. Students will begin the fieldwork by focusing on the GIS elements of the syllabus but will then split off in multi-disciplinary groups to concentrate on the surveying tasks.

Prior to the residential element, students will be briefed on the tasks and undertake various practical sessions (e.g. data download, management and processing) required for the fieldwork element. These sessions will comprise a virtual reconnaissance of the field site, providing valuable background information necessary for the field tasks.

Students will be briefed further throughout the fieldcourse via a series of lectures providing additional instruction for day to day activities. The practical element will then provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills gained in other modules to complete a basic surveying and GIS work flow line. Topics covered in the work flow will include: risk assessments, survey planning, primary and secondary control surveys, GIS data capture, GIS data processing, GIS data modelling and report writing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework - Group report on the GIS fieldcourse activity.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Data download and preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork119:0099:0011 day residential fieldcourse
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity93:0027:00Group learning activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1701Mapping Fieldcourse
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching elements within this module are necessarily varied in order to support the range of learning outcomes stated.

The lectures and seminars which take place in semester one reinforce the theory and skills taught in modules CEG1702 and CEG1703 and show how they will be applied in an integrated surveying and GIS project, giving the students the knowledge which they will need during the residential part of the module. It will also be expected that they spend some time independently before the residential element, reviewing and understanding the material from the co-requisite modules.

Practical sessions before the fieldcourse will be used for students to download and process base mapping data and to perform a virtual reconnaissance of the fieldwork area. The students will also spend some of this time familiarising themselves with the data capture equipment that they will be required to use in the field.

During the residential element of the module, students will spend the majority of time working in groups in the field, using their knowledge and skills to capture raw data required by an integrated topographic surveying and GIS project. Once they have obtained raw data they will process and analyse it in the office to produce cartographic outputs. As a group they will then draw all the data together into a group report, clearly showing their results, allowing for group working and reflection.

A series of evening small group teaching activities will facilitate progress through the duration of the fieldcourse, summarizing the day's learning objectives and explaining the tasks which need to be completed the next day.

The independent study allows students to reflect on their fieldcourse experience, the group’s data and performance and analyse this in a relevant manner within a scientific report.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M75Group report/detailing the fieldwork performed/results (5 pages max) Staff/Student Peer Assessment
Written exercise2M25Group report - GIS exercise including methodology, results, analysis of fieldwork and cartographic outputs 8 pages max.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

For largely a fieldwork based module it is appropriate that the assessment is 100% coursework. The coursework will consist of several elements including:
• Surveying group report and plots detailing the fieldwork performed and results obtained including diagrams, computations and submission of field books. This allows each group to bring together and present their complete portfolio of fieldwork in one document to clearly show their results. Included in this will be Staff & Student Peer Assessment which will be included as part of the assessment as these are critical for successful group work.
• Group report for the GIS activity which should critically analyse each stage of the work flow, from the development of research questions, through to the capture, presentation and analysis of data. This should include cartographic outputs showing the results of the GIS data capture and analysis, and a discussion of these results in a clear and concise manner. Included in this will be Staff & Student Peer Assessment.

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