Part of the MSc in Geographical Information Science (Modular Access for Part-Time Study)
This course provides an essential background for students with limited knowledge of the field and as a foundation for other postgraduate courses.
The course begins by tracing the origins and recent rapid development of GIS. Different models that GIS employ to represent real-world entities are presented (vector and raster data models). Also considered are the effects that these models and the analytical functionality of systems have on the information that can be derived.
The basic elements of graphic design and communication are reviewed together with co-ordinate reference systems, and map projections. A series of case studies are used to illustrate the breadth of application of GI technology.
A series of associated practicals reinforce lecture material and provide a practical hands-on introduction tailored for new users of GIS.
Thursdays From 19th Sep 2013 (5 weeks)