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Course Overview

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Matteo Spagnolo
  • Dr Lydia Sam

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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 Geosciences disciplines: archaeology, human geography and physical geography. Staff in all areas will provide projects; computer practicals and support will be undertaken by GIS experts based in G&E.

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:

Poster presentation on environmental change (50%)

Mini-project and 2,000-word report (50%)


Resubmission of failed coursework components usually permitted, but with mark capped at CGS D3/9. Contact course coordinator.

Formative Assessment

Regular practical exercises/surgeries

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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