MSc Geographical Information Systems 1 Year / 2 Years On Campus Learning Full Time, Part Time January
Fees and Funding
|Home / EU / RUK Students||Tuition fee for main award||£5,600|
|International Students||Tuition fee for main award||£15,400|
The History, Origins and Evolution of GIS (GG5049)
This module will introduce students to the literature, concepts, theories, knowledge and understanding of the origins, history, development, and evolution of Geographical Information Systems. This will include a timeline of key developments in GIS theory and practice; technological developments of GIS from its geographical origins to the commercial location-based technologies of today; the underlying geographical principles and fundamentals of GIS; discussion of GIS as a tool or technique, a discipline or science; and some of the major developments that have led to mobile location-based technologies. Finally, key future developments of this rapidly evolving technology with some example applications.
GIS Tools and Techniques II (GG5053)
This module will introduce students to a selection of more advanced geospatial tools and techniques for analysing spatial data. This will include for example: geostatistics, cluster analysis, kriging, and network analysis. A number of ‘real world’ applications will illustrate the application of these spatial tools and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on obtaining a sound understanding of the fundamentals and principles of each technique, as well as how to select the correct technique for solving a problem, the analysis of the spatial data, and the interpretation of the results. ArcGIS software will be used for the practical work.
People Management and GIS (GG5054)
This module will introduce students to the important role that people play in the successful development and implementation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology and software. This includes consideration of the human element involved in the collection, input, storage and management of geospatial data for current and future applications in education, government and commerce. Students will consider some of the different backgrounds, skills and expertise required: by technical staff (e.g. programmers, and database engineers) involved in developing GIS software; by those responsible for developing software interfaces for the end-user community; in the development of new GIS products and new application areas; by those who are responsible for purchasing and implementing GIS and related technologies in the workplace; by current and future applications; and the knowledge and understanding required to make use of GIS as a desktop and mobile tool.
Database Systems and Big Data (CS5097)
This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn to design and query databases. The course aims to teach the material using case studies from real-world applications. You will develop a critical understanding of the principal theories, principles and concepts, such as modelling techniques used in the design, administration and security of database systems. You will also learn core theoretical concepts such as relational algebra, file organisation and indexing. At the end of this course you will be able to design and build Web and cloud-based databases and have a critical understanding of how database-driven applications operate.
Aspects of Digital Mapping & Visualization (GG5052)
This module will introduce students to elements of traditional cartography, digital mapping, and visualisation for the presentation and analysis of geospatial data and the results of spatial analyses. Emphasis will be placed on the development of an appreciation of the importance of traditional and electronic map design and the use of colour as a key to effective communication when producing maps from GIS, visualisation, and image processing software. This will include coverage of scientific visualisation and geovisualisation including animation, interactivity, electronic atlases, and multimedia visualisation. Practical experience of selected software will be gained e.g. MapViewer, Surfer, Voxler, ArcGIS and Fledermaus.
Fundamentals of GIS & Spatial Analysis (GG5539)
Central to the application of Geographical Information (GI) in the 'real world' is the acquisition of a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the 'data into information’ pathway using GIS and the geospatial information technologies. This module introduces students to a number of examples of both theory and application of geographical data and information, and the relationships to remote sensing, cartography. visualisation, multimedia, global positioning systems (GPS), mobile GIS, and the Internet. A practical study of mobile GIS and Smartphone Apps for field data collection is included. A practical introduction to the Idrisi GIS software is used for the course.
GIS Tools and Techniques i (GG5550)
This module will introduce students to a number of introductory and fundamental geospatial tools and techniques for displaying and analysing geospatial data. This will include: navigation, measurement, spatial queries, geocoding, scripting, buffering, digitising, and overlay analysis. A number of ‘real world’ examples will be used to illustrate the application of the tools for data exploration, data capture, simple spatial analysis, mapping and visualisation. Emphasis will be placed on obtaining a sound understanding of the principles of each technique, as well as the importance of selecting the correct approach to a problem, analysing the data, and interpretation of the results.
Planning, Managing and Presenting A GIS Project (GG5555)
This course aims at progressing knowledge of spatial analysis tools in GIS. Map Algebra techniques will be applied to solve complex GIS projects. Part one is focussed on solving one complex spatial analysis exercise using commonly used GIS software emphasising how to best present results.
Part 2 focuses on optimising the planning and management of a GIS project. Attention is given to time management and potential sources of uncertainty when planning a GIS project. Through a series of practical exercises students will acquire the necessary skills for designing projects that address the needs of a target client or audience.
Current Applications of GIS (GG5540)
This module will examine some of the many different applications of the geospatial technologies. It comprises two sections: 1) invited lectures from external guest speakers on a selection of current GIS applications embracing academic, commercial and research topics on e.g. physical and human geography, planning, archaeology, geology, computer science, and specialist applications from amongst others: the renewable energy sector, oil and gas industry, offshore surveying, marine spatial planning, precision agriculture, environmental management, local authorities, and the business sector; 2) the execution of a practical-based mini GIS project chosen from a list of topics of specific interest to the student.
Dissertation Project in GIS (GG5910)
The student will select, undertake and complete a research-based dissertation project. In choosing and approving a suitable topic, consideration will be given to the student's background and skills, their career interests, suitable data availability, and the possibility of an external placement. Successful completion of the project requires reference to and integration of the various different taught elements, independent research, together with a general knowledge of all aspects of GIS and where appropriate different disciplines. The dissertation project is undertaken by the student with the guidance of a supervisor from the University and in some cases an external advisor.