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CEG3717 : Applied Geospatial Data Handling

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alistair Ford
  • Lecturer: Professor Philip James
  • 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 and practical issues that may arise from its use. Through a set of practical examples through the lens of environmental risk, the model illustrates some conceptual issues related to the implementation and practicalities of geospatial data handling. Students will be provided an overview of the global use of GIS in a number of environmental 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

Use and users of GIS and implementation issues
Analysis of GI requirements and system design
Data in GIS – and use of metadata
Spatial Data Infrastructure and data storage
Standards in GI data and systems
Open-source geospatial tools
Modelling and mapping for environmental risk
The ESRI geospatial stack

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Technological Implementation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Report on practical project undertaken
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Introduction to a practical open source research & production task (independent project).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical83:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Includes 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 OpenSource 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M25Report on independent project (1000 word report)
Practical/lab report2M25Assessment of technological implementation (1000 word report)
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 a working web map site for a potential client), 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.

Reading Lists