Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3319 - GIS for Geologists (2012)

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MODULE TITLEGIS for Geologists CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3319 MODULE CONVENERDr Charlie Moon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Provides an introduction to the use of GIS in geology. This is an essential requirement for accreditation and strong selling point for most geological jobs. The software used is ArcGIS but applicable to other software. The only knowledge required is general geology and ability to use spreadsheets and PC operating systems.

Links to field and exploration techniques modules.

AIMS - intentions of the module

To provide a practical introduction to Geographical Information Systems and Science and their use in geology.

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 demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.An ability to use, with limited guidance, geographical information software systems to view and manipulate spatial geological data.

2.An understanding of the concept of spatial variation and spatial autocorrelation and properties that distinguish spatial data from other types of data.

3.An ability to describe the properties of spatial data models and be aware of the significance of scale.

4.A knowledge of the difference between reality and data representation and understand how geological phenomena are referenced.

5.Knowledge of a range of analytical and spatial prediction techniques in geographical information science.

6.An understanding how geographical information systems are used in practical geology.

7.An ability to employ technical methods in geographical information systems for a range of tasks including entering and handling spatial data, and executing functionality such as buffering and overlay

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

8.An ability to evaluate the issues involved in applying IT skills within the specific context of applied geology.

9.An ability to analyse new and/or abstract geological data using appropriate techniques with limited guidance

10.An ability to review the techniques available for accurate and quantitative analysis of spatial data.

11.An ability to use spatial data, with support, to answer quantitative and qualitative geological questions.

12.An understanding the importance of the spatial characteristics of geological data

13.An ability to analyse and critically interpret geological data, and abstract and synthesise information

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

14.An ability to competently use, with some support, computers and information technology to answer geological questions using spatial data.

15.An ability to use self-directed learning to evaluate and synthesise examples from the literature into written work, and to effectively use cited sources to support fluent written arguments in theory and analysis.

16.An ability to demonstrate the ability to work with the correct ethos, whether that be alone or as part of a group with the aim of attaining the learning objectives.

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

Lecture plan Week 1 Overview; What are GISs?; Week 2 Commercial systems; Database design Week 3; Entering data; Week 4 Mapping Data and Visualisation; Week 5 Remote Sensing; Week 6 Mapping geophysical and geochemical data; Week 7 Qualitative queries/models; Week 8 Quantitative queries: weights of evidence, prospectivity mapping Week 9 3D GIS and interface with mining software

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 27 Lectures and computer based practical exercises
     
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 50 1.5 hours 1-14 Exam mark
Assignment 20 1000 words 1, 6, 7 11-16 Written & oral
         
         
         

 

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-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 Exam 50%

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

                                                      

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bonham-Carter, G. F. Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists: Modelling with GIS Pergamon, 398p 1994 [Library]
Set Longley, P.A., Maguire, D. J., Goodchild, M. F. and Rhind, D. W. Geographic Information Systems and Science 3rd Wiley 2011 [Library]
Set Ormsby, T. Getting to know ArcGIS Desktop 2nd, 9.3 version ESRI Press 2009 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH GIS, Applied Geology, Mapping