MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
GIS and the Web
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
During the past decade, GIS has become increasingly dependent upon web technologies, and a variety of novel forms of GIS and mapping have become available online including neo-geography, neo-cartography, and online participatory GIS.
• Introduce students to GIS on the Web.
• Allow the students to understand the nature of GIS on the web, and the opportunities and challenges that arise from using GIS on the web.
• Allow students to engage with contemporary developments in GI Science, such as Openness, the Social Media, Neo-geography, Neo-cartography and VGI.
• Introduce students to geospatial databases such as PostGIS
Teaching and learning methods
- A one-hour lecture on the GISc theory underlying the topic for that week, often incorporating the critique of case studies drawn from the recent literature.
- Students will interact with their peers and lecturer via an online programming forum, which may be used for collaboration in solving programming challenges that they encounter.
- Students will learn to develop websites for specific clients, including the Manchester Museum Vivarium.
Knowledge and understanding
• Understand how GIS on the web works, and how it both differs from and relates to more traditional desktop GIS.
• Understand when web-based GIS is the most appropriate solution for the delivery of GI or GI services.
• Understand how data are delivered online.
• Understand the impact that developments in web-based GIS have had upon GI Science as a discipline.
• Understand the technical challenges relating to delivering GI on the web.
• Understand the challenges relating to dealing with the Public
• Establishing user requirements from real-world clients.
• Formulating an appropriate design rationale to meet specific user requirements.
• SQL Querying.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
• Presentation Skills
• Working in Groups
• Dealing with clients.
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 1
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 2
Students will be expected to produce code that is well-documented and presented with respect to appropriate indentation and the ‘rule of thirds’. Verbal feedback on this will be provided on an individual basis in the practical sessions throughout the course. The feedback from this will ensure that students fully understand the guidelines prior to submitting their summative assessments.
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT 1 (Website + 500 words) 40%
Produce a targeted website including one or more web maps designed to meet the requirements of a real-life client. Following a meeting with the client, a design rationale must be determined and then a website produced to meet with that rationale.
The project should be accompanied by a 500 word report detailing the design rationale and reflecting upon the design process.
Submission Deadline: To be arranged
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT 2 (Website + 1000 words) 60%
Produce a targeted website including one or more web maps designed to meet a set of self-defined design criteria. Following the definition of the target audience, a design rationale must be determined and then a website produced to meet with that rationale.
The website may be intended to collect data, disseminate data, or both. The project should be accompanied by a 1000 word report detailing and reflecting upon the design process and rationale.
Submission Deadline: To be arranged
Feedback for Formative Assessment 1 will be given via the online forum (hosted on Blackboard).
Feedback for Formative Assessment 2 will be given verbally during practical sessions.
Feedback for Summative Assessment 1 and 2 will be given via Blackboard.
Longley, P, A.. Goodchild, M. F., Maguire, D. J., Rhind, D. W. (2015). Geographic Information Science and Systems (4th Ed.). John Wiley and Sons. Chapter 10 (pp. 217-236).
Svennerberg, G. (2010) Beginning Google Maps API 3. Apress.
Huck, J., Whyatt, D., & Coulton, P. (2014). Spraycan: a PPGIS for capturing imprecise notions of place. Applied Geography, 55, 229-237.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||20|
|Independent study hours|
|Jonathan Huck||Unit coordinator|
Other Scheduled teaching and learning activities will include a tour of the Vivarium at Manchester Museum.