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CEG8707 : Geographic Information Systems (for SAPL)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carlos Calderon
  • Lecturer: Professor Philip James
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with a thorough understanding of spatial data types and sources.
To exemplify geo-processing operations applicable to the engineering disciplines.

Outline Of Syllabus

GIS - the how and the why
Fundamental spatial types
Thematic mapping
Cartographic Principles
Spatial Analysis
Using terrains and height
Editing and creating spatial data
Data formats and transformations
Data and databases
GIS - the horizon

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Coursework Project (Data analysis and presentation, and independent project.)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Practicals in data location, acquisition and synthesis
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:3015:00Directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00Project supervision in small groups. Two meetings per group. Four groups approx.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study351:0035:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8705Geographic Information Systems
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Practical's 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 exercises2M40Coursework - 1. Data analysis and presentation. (Map outputs and brief written summary, approx. 8 pages.)
Prob solv exercises2M60Coursework2 - Independent Project. Discipline specific solving topic. (Map outputs and written report, approx. 8 pages.)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework 1 assesses core competencies in data handling, analysis and map presentation.
Coursework 2 requires the student to locate and acquire suitable data from a variety of sources, process the data to use in the GIS, select and apply the correct geo-processing methods and tools and to create outputs that present the results so that they can be interpreted easily. The written element will demonstrate critical analysis of data sources and processes applied and assess the interpretation of the analytical process.

Reading Lists