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EV5402: INTRODUCTION TO GIS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:41

Course Overview

Introduction to GIS will provide you with the opportunities to become familiar with ArcGIS software and understand the application of GIS technologies to address ecological research questions.

  • Provide increasingly important GIS skills on your CV
  • Practical-based course so you learn how to use GIS as well as understanding the theory
  • Range of real research examples used in terrestrial and marine ecology

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Philip Smith

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)
  • One of MRes Environmental Science or MRes Soil Science or Master Of Science In Marine Conservation or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation or Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or MSc Soil Science or MSc Environmental Science or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Many types of biological and environmental data have a spatial component. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide the means to analyse data in their proper spatial context. This course provides an introduction to the use of GIS.

The aim of the course is to help you to develop a sound understanding of fundamental principles of GIS, and an ability to carry out a variety of basic GIS operations.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Import, create, process and display spatial data
  • Create and export well-constructed maps for use in presentations, documents, etc.
  • Understand and use both vector and raster data
  • Use ArcGIS to carry out basic spatial data analysis
  • Describe a range of uses of GIS in your field
  • Explain fundamental concepts of GIS

Associated Costs


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

One project report (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Verbal feedback during practical exercises; written feedback on assessed coursework.

Course Learning Outcomes


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