15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis methods are now widely used in a large variety of professional settings, from urban planning and architecture to health care and social research. This module is therefore focused on helping students understand the potential applications of GIS in helping identify and tackle policy problems in the real world. In addition, we also encourage critical thinking about what GIS cannot do. The module is taught through a combination of case-study-based lectures and seminars and assessed via a 3,000 word written report.

Staff Contact: Dr Ruth Hamilton
Teaching Methods: There are eight formal lectures of two hours duration each ¿ with a short break in the middle. This module is heavily focused on the development of knowledge in relation to the applications of GIS in practice so these lectures are based on a series of GIS case studies which will provide you with the understanding you need to demonstrate successful achievement of Learning Objectives 1, 2 and 3 above.In addition to lectures, there are two 2-hour seminars focusing on critical discussion of GIS case studies. These sessions are devoted to a more critical, discursive approach to understanding the applications of GIS in professional practice. You have to prepare and submit response statements in advance of the seminars, based on pre-circulated briefs from the module leader. This material then forms the basis for discussion during seminars and helps you develop the necessary skills to fulfil Learning Objective 4 in particular but also supplements the lectures in relation to Learning Objectives 1, 2 and 3.The remaining teaching and learning hours in the module are devoted to independent study where you can focus on the development of all learning objectives identified above, from Learning Objectives 1 to 4. You are given considerable direction in relation to skills development, key readings and data sources ¿ all of which are available on the module¿s e-learning site
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK