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Many types of biological and environmental data have a spatial component. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide the means to analyse data in their spatial context.
This course gives you an understanding of fundamental concepts in GIS, an appreciation of the ways in which GIS can be used in ecology and environmental sciences, and practical skills in using ArcGIS software to solve problems in a spatial context.
A flexible teaching and learning environment allows for individualised learning and enrichment for students with existing skills in GIS.
The course broadens your portfolio of research skills and enhance your employability.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
Most issues in ecology and environmental science have important spatial aspects that should be taken account of to fully understand the issues. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrate computer hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analysing and displaying all forms of spatial information.
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 GIS operations.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Import, create, process and display spatial data
Create and export well-designed maps for use in different media
Explain fundamental concepts of GIS
Use the ArcGIS software suite to carry out spatial data analysis
Describe a range of uses of GIS in your field
Lectures and seminars will explain the fundamental concepts and give examples of the use of GIS in different fields.
Structured workshops allow you to develop your skills by working on a range of real-world examples from research in terrestrial and marine ecology.
An individual investigation gives you the opportunity to explore a specific case study of your own choosing, devise your own questions, and demonstrate your command of the conceptual underpinnings and proficiency with the software to address those questions.
Lectures and seminars 18 hours, Practicals approximately 40 hours
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Continuous assessment 100% (provisionally to consist of a map-making exercise, online test and a report).
Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment
One or more online quizzes, and peer and tutor assessment of work in practical classes.
Automated feedback on quiz answers, written feedback and rubric component scores on other assessed coursework.