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LEC.402: Geoinformatics

Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 12-01-2015 End Date: 20-03-2015
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
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Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus



    The  following topics will be covered in lectures:

    Geoinformatics   – definitions, components and the nature of spatial data

    Principles of RS:   physical basis, sensors, platforms and systems

    Applications   of RS

    Principles of   GIS

    Vector GIS

    Raster GIS and   spatial modelling

    Data Integration   and Metadata

    Geoinformatics   project design

    The following topics will be covered in practicals:

    Getting to   know ArcGIS (ArcGIS)

    Introduction   to Image Processing (ERDAS)

    Spatial   Enhancement and Image Rectification (ERDAS)

    Image   Classification (ERDAS)

    Building a Spatial   Database (ArcGIS/ERDAS)

    Data Sources   and Geoprocessing (ArcGIS)

    Data   Comparison (ArcGIS)

    Raster   analysis: Simple Map Overlay (ArcGIS)

    Cartography   (ArcGIS)

    Project Work   (ArcGIS/ERDAS)


Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • None

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • 100% Coursework

    Details of Coursework:

    1 x 2500 word review of GeoInformatics theory and applications, focussing where possible on topics linked to scheme of study   (50%).  1 x 2500 fully-illustrated project report on topic of own choice in a study area of own choice (50%).   Further information will be provided in a project handbook. 

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of GIS, remote sensing and simulation modelling and explores how these complimentary technologies may be used to capture, manipulate, analyse and display different forms of spatially referenced environmental data. This is a highly vocational module with lectures complimented by computer-based practicals (using state-of-the-art software such as ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine) on related themes.  At the end of the module students are required to complete a project in which a functioning analytical environmental information system is generated for a given area from a variety of primary and secondary sources of data.


Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Learning objectives:

    On successful completion of this module a student will gain:

    • An understanding of the fundamental principles and applications of GIS and Remote Sensing;
    • An appreciation of the strong linkages between these disciplines and their fusion to create meaningful spatially-referenced environmental information;
    • A critical appreciation of current and future potential applications;
    • Training in the use of advanced software packages including ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine;

    Project management skills through completion of a geoinformatics project.


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