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TCP1023 : Geographical Information Systems (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Geographical information systems (GISs) are very powerful and popular tools within planning and geography. Perhaps the most useful skill relates to the creation of professional maps, which can then be used within your essays, reports and dissertations. This module provides a basic introduction to GISs, their use in planning, and provides you with the practical ability to generate professional maps for geography and planning applications.

Thus the specific aims are: Provide an introduction to GIS; provide the necessary skills in order to undertake basic analysis; enable students to choose the appropriate GIS techniques and critically evaluate GIS techniques applied by others.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explains the role of GIS within planning practice, the type of data you can use and provides the knowledge to create good maps.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:0027:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00Cluster based workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an introduction to GIS in the context of planning.
Emphasis on practicals provides opportunities for developing skills of presentation. Private study time gives opportunities for consolidating the experiences gained in the practicals and understanding how these techniques are applied in planning research.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100One 1,500 word report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The GIS report requires students to use and apply GIS to a planning related applications. This tests the students’ understanding of the principles underpinning the techniques used.

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