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CSM3363 - GIS for Renewable Energy (2012)

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MODULE TITLEGIS for Renewable Energy CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3363 MODULE CONVENERMr. Martyn Haywood (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 47
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

GIS (Geographical Information Systems) are becoming an increasingly powerful tool in understanding and utilising geographical data. GIS has a particular role in project site selection, development and production of project specific visual information. As such the ability to use GIS methods is a skill tht is highly valued by employers.

Students taking this module should have a good grounding in basic computer skills and some knowledge of mapping terminology – such as would be expected of all Year 2 science orienteated students. It is not suitable for non-specialist students but could be applicable to students involved in wider energy/ sustainability related subjects.

AIMS - intentions of the module

To relay essential concepts relating to geographical information systems such that candidates can use GIS software independently, efficiently and meaningfully in support of resource assessment and site identification studies for renewable energy projects.

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

Through the preparation of a hardcopy map of professional quality and standard, , and via an in-class test, candidates should demonstrate:

1.that they are capable of identifying relevant spatial data, translating and importing these into a GIS program and producing professional output.

2.that they have detailed understanding of the distinctions between data types used in GIS and sound knowledge and understanding of what can, and cannot, be done with data of each type

3.that they are able to carry out a series of spatial queries in order to identify locations for renewable energy installations and plant that satisfy constraints imposed upon them.

4.basic competence in the use of MapInfo, and an awareness of process in the use of ArcView.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

Candidates should demonstrate, by means of an in-class test:

5.good understanding of the capabilities of GIS methods for problem solving and be capable of assessing the limitations of GIS software in complex renewable energy project development.

6.an ability to select appropriate GIS procedures and algorithms, and apply spatial reasoning to solve unfamiliar problems.

7.that they have good understanding of GIS methods and techniques used to account for industrial and commercial constraints in renewable energy project design and development (demonstration is supported by the hardcopy map).

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

8.Candidates should demonstrate, through preparation of a hardcopy map ability to download, collate, import and manipulate data within industry recognised software packages.

9.Candidates should demonstrate an ability to manage own learning within tight time constraints, by means of successfully completing the assignment tasks.

10.By means of an in-class test, candidates should demonstrate a capability to relay technical information effectively using the spoken word.

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

• Week 1 • Lecture topics: • Introduction: What is a GIS? • Example applications of GIS • Coordinate systems and projections • Scale generalisation and geo-referencing • Representing the real world using spatial data. I • Representing the real world using spatial data. II • Sources of spatial data • Terrain analysis and assessment • Spatial data analysis and prediction • Spatial statistics • MapInfo Workshops: • Installation • MapInfo definitions • Open existing tables • Creating new tables • Drawing objects on a map • Raster coverages • Universal translation of file formats • Spatial queries • Table menu functionality • Changing options and preferences • Creating and using layouts • Tool manager

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 11 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 16 Computer workshops
Guided independent study 73 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Map/plot 60 1 A1 1-9 Written
In-class test 40 1 hour 1-7,10 Mark
         
         
         

 

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
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

One piece of CW - 100%

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:

Hall, Harlow. ISBN: 0130611980. Shelf Number: 910.285 HEY                                                                                                                                

James, N., 2004. MapInfo  An easy guide for new users in the Map Room. http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/guides/maps/miguide1.htm                                                          

ELE:

CSM3363 ELE Page

Web based and Electronic Resources:

AGI, Online GIS Dictionary, http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/agidict/welcome.html                                                                                                               

ESRI,  Overview of GIS, http://www.esri.com/getting_started/index.html                                                                                                                   

ESRI, GIS Guide, http://www.gis.com/index.html

GIS Development, Geospatial Application Papers, http://www.gisdevelopment.net/application/                                                                                              

Other Resources:

Michael F. Goodchild. (1997) What is Geographic Information Science?, NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience, http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/giscc/units/u002/u002.html, posted October 7, 1997

 

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 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM1253
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 18 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH GIS, geographical, information, system, digital, mapping