SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF822113
Module Leader Caroline Gallagher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to develop expertise in the use of GIS as a tool to promote sustainable development. To this end this module consists of a series of 'mini projects' where the students will have to use their knowledge and skills relating to GIS to solve real life environmental and planning issues. This module therefore consolidates and enhances the knowledge and practical skills learned in GIS 1&2. The student should therefore become confident in the application and use of GIS as a tool to promote sustainability.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas:- Sources of Information GPS and GIS Applied Remote sensing Database design and import into GIS

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the students should be able to;- Apply GIS to solving environmental problems. (A1) (A6) (C1) (C3) Use GIS to identify site for development and or conservation (C3) Critically analyse the use of GIS as a tool for sustainable development (A2) (A5) (A6) (B6) Appreciate the use of GIS as a tool to promote community engagement (A7) (B5) (B6) (C2) Appreciate the use of GIS as a tool to encourage multidisciplinary and collaborative decision making (A7), (B5), (B6).(A9)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy of this module is delivered through a series of practical case studies that require the use of GIS to produce a sustainable solution to development issues. Practical experience on the use of GIS will be further enhanced through the practical application of GIS to landuse development The case studies are structured so to 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 landuse, energy and sustainability will form the basis of this module 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

Expertise 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 exemplar and verifiable graphical output (D14,D9) use IT skills to produce high quality presentations (D13,D14)

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 03 n/a 40.00 n/a Group Presentation and use of GIS
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 n/a Practical Assessment of GIS in an Environmental case study
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 n/a Practical Assessment of GIS in an Environmental Case study