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CEG3716 : Geospatial Informatics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation for seminar presentation 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation for seminar synopsis 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Preparation for Spatial analysis computer practical
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for examination
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0014:00Homework questions for review in future lectures/blackboard feedback.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Applied and technical seminars on research applications.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:3029:30Background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study41:004:00Seminar preparation reading by students
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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60Unseen written exam
Oral Presentation151M10Seminar Presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M20Spatial analysis computer practical (7 hours effort) (4 pages)
Essay1M10Seminar synopsis 1 (7 hours effort) (1 page)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A formal examination will be used to assess understanding of theoretical concepts. 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 seminar synopsis report will develop independent research and critical review skills and assess ability to synthesise and present information.

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