This course introduces GIS-relevant management and decision making concepts in business and society.
Study GIS in Business and Society at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This course introduces GIS-relevant management and decision making concepts in business and society. The course investigates the various decision-making capabilities of GIS, within management and spatial data analysis. Planning, design, error handling, decision support techniques and advanced spatial analysis are examined within the overall implementation of GIS projects, using lecture material, tutorial discussion and group work to enable participants to gain an understanding of the potential value of GIS across a broad range of application areas. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience of GIS.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13208
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This course investigates the various decision-making capabilities of GIS, within management and spatial data analysis. Planning, design, error handling, decision support techniques and advanced spatial analysis are examined within the overall implementation of GIS projects, using lecture material, tutorial discussion and group work to enable participants to gain an understanding of the potential value of GIS across a broad range of application areas. Guest lectures, delivered by experienced GI professionals from the public and private sectors, expose participants to real world issues and provide an excellent applied context to the theoretical material. The course aims to give participants a firm understanding of GIS in the commercial world, an appreciation of the economic and social value of spatial data and the importance of decision-based techniques in spatial analysis within GIS applications. Topics covered include theory and concepts of design, planning, legalities and error handling within GIS data management, and real world analytical decision-making problems and processes in business and community environments. Participants are encouraged to critically evaluate established and contemporary research in spatial data management and decision support systems, to appreciate how alternative techniques can determine outcomes and to develop an understanding of the process of GIS management.
Linked programmesPgDip/MSc Geographic Information Systems, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,
100% Coursework – (1) Essay (1200 words) exploring issues relating to public participation in GIS (40%) and (2) Group Project Reportundertaking a research exercise which emphasizes GIS design, planning and management. Assessment mark includes both individual and group contribution (60%).
This course is delivered online for 6 weeks (starting 30 January 2017) with no on-campus attendance requirements.
Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree with a substantial component of geography, environmental science or computing.
Applicants with qualifications in other relevant disciplines or with academic qualifications below 2.2 honours will also be considered on individual merit. In such cases, previous experience of GIS and competence in day-to-day computing will be an advantage, and should be explained in detail on the application form.
English Language Requirements
International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
- 30 January 2017
Fees and funding
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available at http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/docs/FlexiblePathwaysApplication201516.docx
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