Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Geographic Information Systems

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study unit provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which today are applied in various fields. The study unit defines geographic data as well as explain how it is created and its application, it describes the functions of GI systems and through practical sessions explains the various functions and processes involved in developing, manipulating and analysing geographic information.

Study-unit Aims:

The study unit aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of GIS, one with which they can apply in their studies and in future employment. The study unit covers basic principles, the functions of GIS, data handling and spatial analysis. The lectures and supplemented with practical sessions and a strong element of self-learning through a practical assignment.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- able to understand and explain the concepts of GIS
- define what is geographic data
- explain the problems related to data quality
- apply GIS in a number of fields.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- apply GIS through the use of proprietary or/and open source software
- collect and create geographic data in GIS
- carry out basic spatial analysis.

Reading List:

Burrough, P. (1986) Principles of Geographic Information Systems for Land Resources Assessment, Oxford Science Publications.
Clarke, K. (2000) Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems, Prentice Hall.
Heywood, I. et al (2006) An introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Prentice Hall.
Longley, P. et al (2010) Geographic Information Systems and Science. John Wiley and Sons.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 No 70%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Deborah Mifsud


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