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EV5402: INTRODUCTION TO GIS (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:53

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 getting 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

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

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)
  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MRes Environmental Science or MRes Soil Science or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation or MSc Forestry (Taught) 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

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the wealth of environmental monitoring methodologies available, and of the ways in which data acquired from observations can be used to understand the system being studied. At the end of the course, students will be able to identify the most appropriate monitoring methodology for a particular set of environmental indicators, and to identify the GIS-based method most appropriate to • Detect patterns in the acquired data • Identify relationships between different indicators. • Monitoring methodologies studied will be predominantly remote sensing (i.e., satellite, aerial photography) but will also consider ground-based approaches.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability
  • MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability
  • Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation

Contact Teaching Time

77 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


One project report (100%).

Formative Assessment




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