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CEG8705 : Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Craig Robson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to:
•       Provide students with a thorough understanding of spatial data types and sources and how to handle spatial data.
•       Introduce a range of geo-processing operations for spatial data analysis.
•       Introduce geospatial analytical approaches and spatial visualisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover many aspects of GIS and spatial data concepts including:
•       GIS - the how and the why
•       Fundamental spatial types
•       Thematic mapping
•       Cartographic principles (map design)
•       Spatial analysis methods
•       Using terrains and height data
•       Data formats and transformations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Coursework Project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Practicals in data location, acquisition and synthesis
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:3015:00Directed Reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8707Geographic Information Systems (for SAPL)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to introduce core concepts including data types, data sources, analysis methods and presentation approaches.

Practicals are used to provide hands-on exposure to data location, acquisition and synthesis. A number of processes are applied to the data to answer real-world problems and the results collated and presented in map and report form.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M40Data analysis and data presentation submission based on practical sessions, 2 pages in length consisting of map outputs (or similar).
Prob solv exercises2M60Problem solving project with written report including map outputs and written summary, approx. 8 pages (or equivalent)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework 1 assesses core competencies in data handling, analysis and map presentation, including the ability to communicate with spatial data.

Coursework 2 requires the identification and acquiring of suitable data and the subsequent processing to solve a spatial problem, demonstrating knowledge in the responsible sourcing and use of data, problem solving ability, and the selection of the appropriate geo-processing tools. The written element will demonstrate critical analysis of data sources and processes applied and assess the interpretation of the analytical process.

Reading Lists