OverviewThe overall aim of this module is to provide an applied introduction to the use of GIS and remote sensing in biodiversity conservation and management and more broadly in environmental sciences. This module will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of GIS and remote sensing as well as an introduction to a range of methods for collection, management and interpretation of spatial data. Particular attention is paid to the development of students' analysis skills of to deal with spatial data using GIS.
GIS are increasingly being used in biodiversity conservation and environmental sciences in general to help solve a wide range of "real world" environmental and associated social problems. As the current trend in ecological and environmental studies moves towards the acquisition manipulation and analysis of large datasets with explicit geographic reference, employers often report shortages of relevant GIS skills to handle spatial data. Thus, this module will introduce the use of GIS as a means of solving spatial problems and the potential of GIS and remote sensing techniques for biodiversity and environmental studies providing the student with marketable skills relevant to research and commercial needs.
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Method of assessment
Student learning will be assessed by means of
A group project based on solving a particular problem Group Powerpoint presentation and discussion of the results during the seminar
An assessment exercise - individual report around 1500 words in length- on solving a particular problem related to biodiversity
conservation or environmental sciences more broadly (80%). Students will be asked to acquire, map, manipulate and analyse data and
provide and interpretation of the results.
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On successful completion of the module students should:
Have a systematic understanding of knowledge of the principles of GIS and a clear understanding of the application of GIS for biodiversity conservation and environmental studies using real world examples
Be able to acquire, combine and manipulate data from multiple sources in a GIS in order to deal and solve practical problems in biodiversity conservation and environmental science
Have a comprehensive understanding of the principals underlying the analysis of spatial data and remote sensing data and be able to produce appropriate maps of environmental data
Have acquired practical technical skills on GIS analytical techniques
Be able to generate and critically evaluate GIS and remote sensing outcomes and write reports on GIS mapping and analysis