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CSM1287 - Spatial Analysis and Design Tools (2012)

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MODULE TITLESpatial Analysis and Design Tools CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1287 MODULE CONVENERDr Helen C M Smith (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 34
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Two of the key IT-based skills utilised by renewable energy professionals are GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and CAD (Computer Aided Design). This module has been designed to introduce students to two of the industry-standard software packages in these areas in the first term of their degree programme. In addition to providing an understanding of the software packages and their use for a range of renewable energy applications, it will also be equipping students with fundamental spatial data collection and analysis skills, and a broad understanding of technical design. These skills can be applied and developed further in other modules throughout the course and during industry placements at the end of year 2.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aims of this module are to provide candidates with a broad understanding of the application to renewable energy projects of two industry-standard technical software tools for spatial analysis and engineering design, to provide an understanding of spatial data collection, processing and visualisation, and to build an awareness of the design process.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. A basic competence in the use of an industry-standard GIS software package for the visualisation and analysis of spatial data, with a specific focus on renewable energy applications.
2. A basic competence in the use of an industry-standard CAD software package for engineering design.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. An understanding of spatial and geographic data.
4. An awareness of data storage and retrieval techniques.
5. An understanding of how to prepare and interpret engineering drawings.
6. An appreciation of the importance of engineering design principals.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7. An ability to manage and direct your own learning.
8. An ability to visually present complex concepts in concise manner.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

The module will run over ten weeks, with each week containing three taught sessions:

1. Spatial data lecture/practical session (1hr)

2. Spatial data lecture/practical session (1.5hrs)

3. SolidWorks lecture/practical session (1.5hrs)

The module content will be as follows:

Spatial data analysis

Weeks 1-6: Lectures introducing key aspects of spatial data, including:

  • Introduction to paper maps including scaling and legends
  • Co-ordinate systems
  • Projections
  • GPS and its role as a survey tool
  • Sources of spatial data
  • Introduction to GIS
  • GPS mapping exercise performed in small groups.

Weeks 7-10: Computer-based practical sessions, introducing the use of GIS:

  • Introduction to the software
  • Map creation
  • Basic queries

SolidWorks

Week 1: Overview of computer aided design and SolidWorks (lecture)

Week 2: Introduction to the SolidWorks software (lecture/practical)

Week 3: Developing parts (lecture/practical)

Week 4: Connecting assemblies (lecture/practical)

Week 5: Design process and output (lecture)

Week 6: Making engineering drawings (lecture/practical)

Week 7: Building Models  (lecture/practical)

Week 8: Animation (lecture/practical)

Week 9: Motion (lecture/practical)

Week 10: Review (lecture/practical)

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 15 Programme of lectures on spatial and geographic data, including GPS mapping and/or data collection exercise
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 10

GIS computer-based practical sessions.  These sessions will initially be lecturer-led to introduce the GIS software and provide a basic overview of its usage. This will develop into student-led exercises with lecturer and demonstrator support.

Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 15 SolidWorks computer-based practical sessions.  The initial session will be lecturer-led to introduce the SolidWorks software and provide a basic overview of its usage. Further sessions will be student-led exercises following interactive tutorials built into the software. Lecturer and demonstrator support will be available.

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
GPS mapping/data collection exercise 1.5 hrs 3 Group discussion in following lecture
GIS weekly tutorials with extension material in weeks 7-10 2-3 hours each 1,3,4 Group and individual discussion in next session
SolidWorks weekly tutorials with extension material 2-3 hours each 2,5,6 Group and individual discussion in next session
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Spatial Analysis GIS mapping exercise with a renewable energy application 40 2400 word equivalent 1,3,4,7,8 In-script marks and individual feedback sheet
Spatial Analysis Essay to accompany mapping exercise describing the process of production of the map 20 1200 words 1,3,4,7 In-script marks and individual feedback sheet
SolidWorks Online quiz 1 7.5 1-2 hours each 2 Computer based
SolidWorks Online quiz 2 7.5 1-2 hours each 2,5 Computer based
SolidWorks Coursework: Technical engineering drawing produced using SolidWorks related to  novel designs developed  individually by students over the course of the module 25 1500 word equivalent 2,5,6,7,8 In-script marks and individual feedback sheet

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative Assessment Additional Summative assignment Weighting as above August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE:  http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

Relevant academic papers and industry reports provided on ELE.

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Burrough; Peter A. and McDonnell; Rachael A. Principles of Geographical Information Systems 2nd Oxford University Press, USA 1998 0-198-23365-5 [Library]
Set DeMers, M.N. Fundamentals of geographic information systems Wiley, Hoboken 2009 0471451495 [Library]
Set Heywood, I, Cornelius, S, & Carver, S. An introduction to geographical information systems Prentice 2011 [Library]
Set Longley, P, Goodchild, MF, Maguire, DJ, Rhind, W Geographical information systems and science 2nd John Wiley, Chichester 2005 047087001X [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 20 December 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 20 December 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH GIS, CAD, SolidWorks