SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3F821189
Module Leader Caroline Gallagher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to build upon the basic skills of GIS learnt in GIS 1 and become more confident in the application of a GIS as a tool for environmental management. The focus is on developing transferable skills in the use of GIS and therefore involves using the GIS software and applying this knowledge to real life scenarios. Students will therefore develop and enhance the analytical skills learned in GIS1 - (Principles of GIS).


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas:- Sources of Information Principles of Remote sensing Integrity of information sources Fuzzy Logic Preparation of data for GIS input Range of GIS including demonstration of vector and raster systems in environmental data handling Selection of system and criteria for processing

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the students should be able to;- Apply GIS to solving environmental problems. (A1) (A4) (A6) (A7) (B4) (C1) (C3) Use GIS to identify site for development and or conservation (A5) (A6)(C3) (B5) Appreciate the of GIS as a tool, for 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 enhance their skills and build their confidence in the use of GIS software packages (IDRISI and ArcGIS) Practical experience on the use of GIS will be further enhanced through case study analysis. The practicals are structured so has further develop skill and expertise, building confidence in the use of GIS as a tool in the decision making process. Assessment of this module is through practical appraisal of a development issue using the GIS software. 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 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 Iliffe, J C; Datums and Map Projections: For Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying, Whittles Publishing 2008 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

-283 confident in the use of IT for mapping and graphic display of environmental data (D13) able to transfer field data to computer (D4), (D13) obtain computer generated information from a variety of sources, but in particular the EDINA service and GLCF (D10), (D13), (D11), produce satisfactory and verifiable graphical output (D14), (D9) use IT skills to produce quality presentations (D13), (D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 58.00
Independent Learning (PT) 94.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 58.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Practicals (PT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Practical assessment of GIS in an environmental case study
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Critical appraisal of GIS as a tool to promote sustainable development