• CMPU4032
  • Geographical Info Systems

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Computing

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Module Description

A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a computer system designed to facilitate the collection, management, and analysis of large volumes of geographical knowledge. This module will focus on the fundamental principles of GIS, the practical techniques of implementing a GIS and the creation and use of a GIS for spatial analysis.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to take students from no prior knowledge of GIS to a position where they (i) understand the role and current state of the art in Geographical Information Systems, (ii) can analyse a problem in GIS and build an appropriate solution and (iii) are familiar with the basic techniques of spatial analysis and modelling.

Indicative Syllabus

The module content will include the following topics. Material may be added to or deleted from this list over the lifetime of the module to reflect the changing nature of the relevant technologies.
Principles
1. Introduction to GIS and its applications.
2. Representing geography and the nature of geographic data.
3. Georeferencing.
4. The notion of uncertainty in GI data.
Techniques
1. GIS software.
2. GIS data collection.
3. Creating and managing GI data.
4. Introduction to distributed and web GIS.
Analysis
1. Cartography and map production.
2. Visualization of GI data.
3. Query and measurement
4. Data summary and inference
5. Introduction to spatial modelling
There will be also be hands-on work with the leading GIS software packages and students will apply the course material to practical problems and case studies.

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