MSc Geographical Information Science
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts
|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|
Topics covered include:
1. Measuring environmental phenomena
2. Environmental monitoring
3. Models and modelling
4. Model validation
Students will look at a range of examples, including case studies of hydrological and geomorphological models.
• To understand the role of environmental models.
• To acquaint students with the types of models used in environmental science.
• To introduce students to the techniques used for environmental monitoring and modelling.
• To appreciate the links between monitoring and modelling in an environmental context
By the end of this Course Unit students should:
• Understand the range of techniques used for environmental measurement and monitoring.
• Have developed an awareness of the utility of different environmental models.
• Appreciate the assumptions and problems associated with environmental models.
• Have been introduced to modelling terrestrial and aquatic systems.
• Gained practical experience of modelling environmental phenomena.
• Understand the role of fieldwork in environmental monitoring.
Additionally, during the course unit, students should develop/improve the following abilities and skills:
• Data processing and spreadsheet skills.
• Spatial analysis using a Geographical Information System (GIS).
• Oral and written communication skills.
Teaching and learning methods
The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussions, computer-based practical exercises, and field work.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the range of techniques used for environmental measurement and monitoring.
- Have developed an awareness of the utility of different environmental models.
- Appreciate the assumptions and problems associated with environmental models.
- Have been introduced to modelling terrestrial and aquatic systems.
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Practical experience of modelling environmental phenomena.
- Data processing and spreadsheet skills.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Data analysis and presentation.
Students will be assessed on two course work assignments.
The combined length of both assignments will be 4,000 words.
Feedback on summative assignments is provided through blackboard.
Formative feedback is provided throughout the semester.
Gray, W.G. and Gray, G.A. (2016). Introduction to Environmental Modeling. Cambridge University Press.
Smith, J., Smith, P.E. (2007). Environmental Modelling: An Introduction. Oxford University
Wainwright, J., Mulligan, M. (2013). Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity. John Wiley, Chichester.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||10|
|Independent study hours|
|Claire Goulsbra||Unit coordinator|