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Principles of GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

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Anyone interested in GIS within the public, private and third sectors.
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This course introduces the theory and practice of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and is intended to provide an understanding of the breadth of potential GIS applications, equipping participants with the key concepts and skills required relating to the input, management, manipulation, analysis and output of spatial data. Online lecture-based teaching of key concepts is reinforced by linked practical exercises which allow students to develop competence in ESRI’s ArcGIS package. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience of GIS.

This course should be of interest to GIS professionals who wish to gain formal academic credit or other professionals hoping to either enter the GIS profession or apply GIS techniques within their specific areas. The course has very wide relevance to the public, private and third sectors.

Please note if you are applying for this course and are resident outside the UK and Ireland, you will need to acquire a copy of ArcGIS software which is used in the course.

Entry Requirements: Degree in general areas of Science, Informatics and Engineering e.g. Geography, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Computing, Civil Engineering. Other degrees acceptable as long as applicant has familiarity with common computer packages and some experience of quantitative analysis.

Start Date: 21 September 2015

Delivery: This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements.

Assessment: 100% Coursework – (1) Short Essay discussing a specified topic relating to GIS (1000 words) (35%), (2) Practical Report based on data processing and analysis carried out as part of the practical classesrequiring the application of knowledge and skills relating to data input, integration, analysis and map output (1500 words) (50%) and (3) Online Test of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 30 minutes testing knowledge and understanding (15%).

Location: Online through Blackboard Learn

Credits: 15

Cost: £416.25

Cost applicable for UK/EU applicants only. Applicants resident outside of UK/EU should contact [email protected] for a quotation in relation to the cost of the course.

This course is part of a framework of postgraduate professional development opportunities. If you wish, you can study a range of short courses over a period of time and build credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Once you have successfully completed a combination of short courses worth 60 credits in total, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Full details of available courses can be found at

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