CEG8702 : An Introduction to the Fundamentals of GIS

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS and its uses and applications. To gain hands-on experience of using a GIS to solve real-world problems.

Module Summary

What is GIS?
GIS uses in Spatial Data 1 - types of spatial data
GIS uses in Spatial Data 2 - why is it different?
GIS operations - Analysis, Management and Visualisation
Databases - Storing spatial data GIS and the web - making GIS data available to the world
Standards, ontologies and the future.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is Geographic Information Science (GIS)?
What is a GIS project?
What is ArcGIS?
Modelling reality - Modelling space (Spatial concepts)
Modelling reality - Modelling space is different
GIS operations
Databases and Storage
GIS and the Web
Standards, Open GIS, Semantics and Ontologies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Assessment Practical x 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical82:0016:00Data acquisition and modelling and GIS
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0061:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1702Geographic Information Systems
CEG1710Geographic Information Systems
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A project based interactive teaching style is used in this module, backed up with lectures providing the fundamental underpinning to the practical sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG1702Geographic Information Systems1N/A
CEG1710Geographic Information Systems1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M22Data acquisition and modelling
Practical/lab report1M28GIS Project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students' understanding and knowledge of core theoretical factors underpinning the management, analysis and presentation of spatial data is assessed through a PC examination. Intended skills and a practical, working knowledge of data and software is assessed through practical work.

Students are introduced to core concepts in lectures and this is practised through two assessed practicals. The practicals have been developed to enable the students to work independently. Each practical session has a submission that repeats the core exercises carried out in the session.

Reading Lists