This course introduces the theory and practice of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
This course introduces the theory and practice of Geographic Information Systems, and is intended to provide an understanding of the breadth of potential GIS applications and to equip participants with key concepts and skills relating to the input, management, manipulation, analysis and output of spatial data. Lecture-based teaching of key concepts is reinforced by linked practical exercises which allow participants to develop competence in ESRI’s ArcGIS package. 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/201718/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13809
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This course introduces the theory and practice of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and is intended to provide an understanding of the breadth of potential GIS applications, equipping participants with the key concepts and skills required relating to the input, management, manipulation, analysis and output of spatial data. Online lecture-based teaching of key concepts is reinforced by linked practical exercises which allow students to develop competence in ESRI’s ArcGIS package. The course assumes no prior knowledge or experience of GIS.
This course should be of interest to GIS professionals who wish to gain formal academic credit or other professionals hoping to either enter the GIS profession or apply GIS techniques within their specific areas. The course has very wide relevance to the public, private and third sectors.
Please note if you are applying for this course and are resident outside the UK and Ireland, you will need to acquire a copy of ArcGIS software which is used in the course.
Linked programmesPgDip/MSc Environmental Management and Geographic Information Systems, PgCert Professional Development
100% Coursework – (1) Short Essay discussing a specified topic relating to GIS (1000 words) (35%), (2) Practical Report based on data processing and analysis carried out as part of the practical classes requiring the application of knowledge and skills relating to data input, integration, analysis and map output (1500 words) (50%) and (3) Online Test of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 30 minutes testing knowledge and understanding (15%). Please note assessment is subject to slight change.
This course is delivered online for 6 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 25 September 2017.
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.
- 25 September 2017
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Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk.
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