SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMF822326
Module Leader Benjamin Fisher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)
  • A (September 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 skills in the use of two GIS packages, IDRISI and ArcView. The student will gain theory and concepts through lectures, case studies and laboratory techniques based on the GIS software. Students will gain insight and understanding of why GIS is a vital tool for environmental management


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas:- Edina and Digimap Introduction to GIS 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;-1. Identify and evaluate the principles of GIS 2. Critically assess the use of GIS in the decision making process3. Develop and enhance skills in the use of GIS (both IDRISI and ArcView software packages) 4. Apply and evaluate the use of GIS for data management in exercises and practice. 5. Critically appraise the potential of GIS as a tool for planning to promote sustainable development

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, laboratories and computing experience will be supplemented with guest lecturers and tutorials. The teaching programme will be case study and example led with theory and practice related to real situations.

Indicative Reading

Handouts and current literature list will be provided for student use as appropriate Schuurman, N (2004) GIS, A Short Introduction Blackwell Publishing Heywood Ian, Cornelius Sarah, Carver Steve (2002) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Longman DeMers Michael N (2000) Fundamentals of GIS, Wiley (2nd edition) Worboys Michael F GIS: A Computing Perspective, 2nd Edition CRC Press 2004 Wilson, J, Fotheringham, S, The handbook of Geographic Information Science, Blackwell Publishing 2008 Longley, Paul et al Geographical Information Systems and Science, 2nd Edition, Wiley 2005 Maantay, J, Ziegcer, J, GIS for the Urban Environment ESRI Press 2006 Journals International Journal of Geographical Information Science Transactions in GIS Annals of GIS Applied GIS

Transferrable Skills

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 72.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% CW 2 - GIS as a tool to promote Sustainability - Critical Appraisal
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% CW1 - Practical GIS Lab Assessment