SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2F821184
Module Leader Caroline Gallagher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to GIS as a tool for managing spatial data. The students will develop basic skills in the use of a simple GIS package. The students will gain basic theory and concepts through lectures, case studies and laboratory techniques based on the GIS software. Students will gain an appreciation of why GIS is a vital tool for environmental management.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas:- Introduction to GIS Raster and Vector type systems Spatial Data Spatial Data handling Data Input and editing Data Analysis Analytical modelling in GIS Output - Maps and Decisions Attribute data management

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the students should be able to;- Apply GIS for data management in simple exercises. (A1) (A6) (C1) (C3) Understand the principles of GIS software (C3) Understand the potential of GIS as a tool for planning to promote sustainable development (A2) (A5) (A6) Demonstrate the use of GIS with case study materials (A7) (B5) (B6) (C2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy of this module is delivered through a series of short lectures, with the main emphasis being on the practical elements of GIS. Students will be able to develop the basic skills necessary for the use and understanding of a variety of GIS software packages. Practical experience on the use of GIS will be further enhanced through case study analysis. The practicals are structured so has to slowly develop skill and understanding, allowing the student to identify problems as and when they arise. Assessment of this module is through completion of a computer logbook and participation in the vertical project. Guest lecturers will also be invited to illustrate the use of GIS in a variety of different sectors. A variety of case studies that includes energy use, waste management and transportation. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Handouts and current literature list will be provided for student use as appropriate Recommended Text Heywood Ian, Cornelius Sarah, Carver Steve (2006) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Longman Longley P, Goodchild, M, Maguire D, Rhind D Geographical Information Systems and Science, John Wiley & Sons 2010 Additional Reading Scally, R GIS for Environmental Management, ESRI Press 2009 Schuurman N, GIS: A Short Introduction, Wiley Blackwell 2004 Journals Transactions in GIS Journal of Geographical information science International journal of geographical information science Journal of Environmental Management Electronic Resources The following website provides general information relating to GIS This website provides links to a variety of different information sources relating to GIS This website provides information of the use of GIS in sustainable development

Transferrable Skills

Confident in the use of IT for mapping and display of planning data (D3) (D13) Able to transfer spatial data to the computer and produce a satisfactory and verifiable graphical output (D10) (D13) Able to use IT skills to produce quality presentations (D9) (D13)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Practicals (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 58.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 58.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 106.00
Independent Learning (PT) 106.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% GIS logbook and personal reflection
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Vertical project