CEG1710 : Geographic Information Systems

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.

This module introduces students to Geographical Information Systems and associated data types and formats. GIS uses a wide range of data to analyse data spatially and produce stunning visual outputs. Using GIS we can analyse data to look for spatial correlations and patterns and link data that shares a spatial location.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is GIS: Who uses it, why they use it, what you can do. What is different about spatial?
Data models for Spatial data: Discrete vs continuous field mapping;
Thematic Mapping: types of thematic maps, uses of thematic maps, classification models for thematic maps;
Continuous data: Sampling and interpolation, DTMs, heights and volumes;
Vector Data Attributes and databases: Data management and attribute data;
Data formats and data providers: standards, common formats, data providers (formal and informal);
Processing and modelling in GIS; Network analysis;
GIS interfaces: CAD/BIM;
Web mapping and Location based services;
Visualisation, design and output from GIS.

Getting to know GIS. Basic map layouts, data loading, navigation, basic thematic maps
Thematic mapping. Comparison of classification types
Raster analysis: Multi criteria Evaluation for site selection (slope, soil, geology, proximity etc.)
Using 3D data – calculating volumes, cut and fill using GIS

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00PC Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Assessment Practical x 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical82:0016:00Core exercises
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1702Geographic Information Systems
CEG8702An Introduction to the Fundamentals of GIS
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are introduced to core concepts in lectures and this is practised through 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.

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
CEG8702An Introduction to the Fundamentals of GIS1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M22Data acquisition and modelling. Approx 2.5 hours work.
Practical/lab report1M28GIS Project. Approx 2.5 hours work.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The emphasis on practical work reinforces the core skills required for further advanced study. Basic data handling, data processes and map production are reinforced in each practical with additional data types/formats and processes being introduced. The PC based examination provides assesses specific knowledge of GIS processes and spatial data types and formats. The students will have an opportunity to compare processes, data and operations that best meet the needs of real world problems. The examination synthesises specific knowledge from lectures and the practical application of theories through use cases and scenarios.

Reading Lists