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CEG3717 : Applied Geospatial Data Handling

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alistair Ford
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to equip students with a broad knowledge of the applications of GIS in the modern context and practical issues that may arise from its use. Through the lens of environmental sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the module illustrates some conceptual issues related to the implementation and practicalities of geospatial data handling in the 21st century. These include the use of web services, online GIS, open-source software, open data and 3D/4D analysis.
Students will be provided an overview of the global use of GIS in a number of environmental sustainability and risk-related application areas, and use a number of tools and systems in practical sessions, particularly around online and open-source tools.

Outline Of Syllabus

Users and Uses of GIS
Open-source GIS and Open Data
Spatial Data Standards
Spatial Databases, Data Management, and SDIs
The ESRI Software Stack
The Open-source Web Stack
3D and 4D Data and Analysis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture200:3010:00Lectures on course subjects
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Introduction to a practical open source research & production task (independent project).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Report on practical project undertaken
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Technological Implementation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Revision for exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Computer practicals to apply the concepts learnt in lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods (lectures) introduce real world applications, thus raising awareness. Lectures will also introduce concepts of open-source solutions. The practical sessions will expose the students further to these technologies which will be new to them, and to which they can refer in their major report. This independent project will widen the scope of students’ knowledge and skills acquisition, and technology implementation practice, and allow them to reflect on the difficulties they will face.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Written exam 1
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M50Written report on technical implementation highlighting challenges in creation, data access, visualisation (1500 word report)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MAssessment of submitted ESRI Storymap on chosen UN Sustainable Development Goal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment will address the students’ ability to independently initiate and complete a project design to confront a specific problem (the creation of an ESRI Storymap to explain the role of geospatial data in tackling a chosen UN Sustainable Development Goal), using GIS. Both the web site itself (assessed by accessing it through a browser and assessing functionality, design, interactivity) and the report on its creation (assessing specification, data sources, description of tasks undertaken, appreciation of user experience) are assessed. The exam assesses conceptual knowledge on topics delivered in the lectures.

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