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EV5517: APPLICATIONS OF GIS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:18


Course Overview

Lectures and structured workshops develop your knowledge of the principles and practice of geographic information systems, and familiarise you with ArcGIS software, enhancing your employability.

An individual investigation allows you to explore a specific application that you are interested in and demonstrate your proficiency with the software and your command of the conceptual underpinnings.

A flexible teaching and learning environment allows for individualised learning and enrichment for students with existing skills in GIS.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Louise Page
  • Dr Philip Smith

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

  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed) or BI4515 Grant Proposal - Semester 2 (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 MSc Soil Science or Master Of Science In Environmental Pollution And Remediation or Master Of Science In Environmental Management or MSc Environmental Science or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to give you an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications, using the ArcGIS suite of programs (specifically, ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcToolbox).

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • use ArcGIS software to address a range of ecological and environmental research questions
  • to create and export maps of a standard suitable for publication
  • to analyse spatial data to address a research question, to interpret the results and present a report that includes a critique and evaluation.

Topics covered in the course will include: fundamentals of geographical information systems (GIS), data collection using GPS, importing and editing spatial data, spatial analyses, map design, creating and exporting maps.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Computer Practicals during University weeks 26 - 31
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 29
  • 1 Support Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 31

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

continuous assessment

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 100
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyto develop proficiency in the use of ArcGIS software to address a range of ecological and environmental research questions
ProceduralApplyto develop proficiency in collecting spatial data using GPS devices and downloading the data into GIS
ProceduralApplyto create and export maps of a standard suitable for publication
ConceptualEvaluateto analyse spatial data to address a research question, to interpret the results and present a report that includes a critique and evaluation

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