Exploring our Digital Planet

Module code: GY1017
Module co-ordinator: Dr Claire Jarvis 

Module Outline

This module will introduce how geographers are equipping themselves with the latest computing advances and software developments to visualise, query, analyse and criticise the increasingly large amounts of data that are available to scientists and the public. Examples of these data include census information, satellite imagery and aerial photographs, GPS and navigation data. These data can easily be stored and analysed within a Geographical Information System. In this module we uncover what a GIS is and how it can be used to generate digital maps and extract relevant information from a range of sources.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, typical students should be able to:

  • Obtain knowledge of the sources and availability of geographical data in digital form
  • Use a Geographical Information System and a Remote Sensing (RS) system to perform basic analysis operations
  • Demonstrate developing technical skills for manipulating geographical information and solving geographical problems
  • Demonstrate abilities in the use of IT, numeracy, problem solving and information handling


  • 7 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 73 hours of guided independent study

Assessment Methods

  • Computer based test 1 (50%)
  • Computer based test 2 (50%)