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SG4228 Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Science (GISci)

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available every year.
Planned timetable:1.00 pm - 5.00 pm Mon

The first part of the module explores advanced GIS and spatial analysis techniques for use with geographic datasets. Students will gain theoretical and applied knowledge in order to study and describe spatial patterns in geographic data. Theoretical understanding will be emphasised through lectures and readings. Labs/practicals will be designed to provide students with hands-on experience applying theory and techniques to datasets spanning human and environmental geography using applications including crime, forestry, health, environmental change, and housing. Focus will be placed on methods for analysing spatial point patterns, spatial autocorrelation, and spatial modelling. In the second part, students will engage in a small research project of their choosing to showcase their new advanced GIS skills. The project will allow students to use GIS and spatial analysis techniques to address a chosen problem in either of the social, physical, or environmental sciences. Students with domain knowledge in human geography, physical geography, or sustainable development will be able to tailor GIS projects to their own applications.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional elective for all degrees involving Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):SG3201-4 Unit 2a OR Unit 3 AND SG3201-4 Unit 6


Optional for MSc in Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Sustainable Development and Energy, and Environmental Economics

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours lectures (x 9 weeks), 2-hour practical classes (x 6 weeks), 2-hour IT Lab Help sessions (x 3 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 36
  • Guided independent study: 164

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework project = 100%
UG Re-assessment:No Re-assessment available
Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework project = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Long
Module teaching staff:Dr J Long, Dr U Demsar