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CEG3716 : Geospatial Informatics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jin Xing
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to expose students to the advanced GIS approaches employed in modern environmental applications. The module aims to teach the core theory and principles of how GIS spatial analysis can be employed as a fundamental tool in environmental applications; from data capture, management, analysis through to simulation modelling. The module will provide students with practical experience of how the techniques covered are applied in practice via computational implementation of this principles and theory covered. The module focuses on showing how, in combination, an integrated GIS computational approach can be applied to terrestrial environmental studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will compromise of a range of taught theory and practical computer-based material that will demonstrate to students how GIS is used to perform analysis and modelling in terrestrial environmental applications. The module will cover the use of quantitative spatial analysis, spatial statistics and geostatistics in environmental studies. Spatial simulation modelling for terrestrial applications is introduced covering both the spatial modelling of the natural and built-environment. Aspects of how spatial analysis and models can be presented and visualised are also covered. Linked practicals will be used to expose students to the practise of geospatial informatics via an assessed project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion113:0013:00Assessment of Spatial Analysis. PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0014:00Homework questions for review in future lectures/Canvas feedback, synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Independent Study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8716Geospatial Informatics with Project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to present the underlying theory and principles of the use of GIS in environmental analysis. Practical sessions will allow students to apply the theory in relation to real world computational environmental applications. Seminars will expose students to cutting edge research and show how environmental applications routinely employ high-level spatial analysis/modelling concepts.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Spatial analysis computer practical
Written exercise1M5024hr exam/Independent research work alternative
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical report will assess computational skills, understanding of algorithms and quantitative skills. Progress in non-assessed practicals will be confirmed by formative assessments to be completed within the practical session. The 24hr exam / seminar synopsis report will develop independent research and critical review skills and assess ability to synthesise and present information.

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