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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

After learning about the theoretical bases in GG2510, this course covers the practical aspects of remote sensing and GIS. It is entirely hands on, and students learn through a series of exercises that becomes progressively more challenging and more specific to different geographical disciplines. By the end of the course students will be familiar with key remote sensing and GIS software and will have learned their fundamental tools. These are highly demanded skills in the job market at present, so this course is strategic for those students potentially interested in a job where these types of tools are employed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Matteo Spagnolo
  • Dr Caitlin Cottrill

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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 course focuses on practical training in the use of remote sensing and GIS software and techniques to examine, analyse and present geographical issues. Emphasis is placed on giving students technical experience through project-based learning, with all sessions based in the computer lab and working with software such as ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine. Project management and graphical presentation of results and analysis will also form a strong theme of the course. Students will be offered a range of projects to work on, which will reflect directly contemporary research being undertaken across the discipline of Geography and Environment. Staff in all areas of G&E will provide projects; computer practicals and support will be undertaken by GIS experts based in G&E.

Further Information & Notes

Teaching on this course is progressive and practical. Therefore attendance at all classes is compulsory. Absence must be covered according to standard University procedures.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Physical Sciences

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Coursework (100%): two project exercises. Resit: Resubmission of failed project work, with mark for those components to be capped at CAS9.

Formative Assessment

Surgeries will be integrated into the course.


Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework using standard comments sheets.

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