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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

In a digital era of GPS navigators and many online map tools (e.g. Google Maps), there is an increase demand for professionals able to understand and manipulate geographical data and use these to monitor processes at various scales. The course provides a solid background in the acquisition of geographical data, both onshore and offshore with classic field-based and remote sensing techniques. It covers the creation and interpretation of maps and looks at the history of remote sensing and its science as well as providing the essential basis to understanding what a Geographical Information System is.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Matteo Spagnolo
  • Dr Lydia Sam

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG2505 Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers: map reading and map creation; measurement, recording and manipulation of ground-surveyed and remotely-sensed data; data acquisition via a Global Positioning System; analysis of aerial photograph and satellite images; approaches to environmental monitoring based on multi-temporal images; the storage, manipulation and timely provision of geographical information; methods of analysing and presenting the results through Geographical Information Systems. The theoretical basis of both Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing techniques will form the foundations of the course, with reference to case studies at a range of scales (from local to global) both in lectures and practical work.

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

1st Attempt:

One two-hour online assessment (a mix of long and short answer questions).


Resit of any failed element

Formative Assessment

2 x practical exercises

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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