CEG3717 : Applied Geospatial Data Handling

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces practical examples and exercises related to GIS, particularly its applications and issues connected with use. The intention is to illustrate some conceptual issues related to GIS implementation and practical geospatial data handling by highlighting some real world case studies which typify the application of GIS and spatial data. Students should receive an overview of GIS usage worldwide in many different areas of human activity. Several tools and systems will focussed upon, and the extensive practical work involves development of an online mapping system using open source technologies, typical of contemporary GIS applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Use and users of GIS and implementation issues
Analysis of requirements and system design
Data in GIS – describing it using metadata
Metadata and its role in Spatial Data Infrastructures
SDIs and other global data supply initiatives
Need for standards in GISystems
Open Source mapping systems
FOSS4G GIS products
Proprietary alternatives and legacy systems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
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
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
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