University of Portsmouth Department of Geography MSc in GIS 2015 – 2016 Principles of GI Science MapInfo Based Work
Unit Programme Lectures and Supported Practicals in Buckingham Building, room 2.10 at 14.00 to 17.00 Wednesdays.
This first part of the unit takes the form of a short series of lectures about, and demonstrations of, GIS technology. These are accompanied by practical sessions in which students gain hands-on experience of working with a Desktop GIS application, MapInfo. To this end, there are a series of practical exercises that you will undertake which will develop your skills with the GIS software. The first five of these are not assessed but you need to do them as well as you possibly can so that you are well practiced by the time you arrive at the assessed parts of the unit. It all takes a good deal of persistence and time spent playing with the software.
Supported Practical Sessions These will take place at 14/15.00-17.00 Wednesday, each week after the lecture session. This will provide students with a staff supported opportunity to work on the non-assessed practical exercises and the creation of their own GIS for the seminar presentation to the rest of the group on Wednesday 20th January 2016.
Assessment Assessed work is to be submitted on or before the required date. Submission of each piece of work is via the Geography Department Office, 09.30-16.00 MondayFriday. It is important that you do this and get a receipt for your work.
Your project GIS and report from the first part of this unit must be submitted by Thursday 21st January 2016 Student Seminars, which are not assessed, will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2015, 1400 – 1600. You are expected to attend and present your project GIS to the rest of
Submission Percentage of the Unit Mark Seminar GIS & Report 30%
The second part of this unit will begin on Wednesday, 27 January 2016, opening with a series of lectures about remote sensing. Student Seminars
These seminars will be given individually or as pairs if you prefer. Each student will prepare their own GIS using either MapInfo, ArcGIS, or ArcMap and will give a 5 minute presentation to the rest of the group on their GIS, demonstrating it using the computer projector. It is expected that something will be said about why the GIS was made, where the data came from, what had to be done to the data, what it shows, whether the GIS is effective in addressing its aims and so on. If you wish to use PowerPoint or the Web for part of your presentation you may do so. The idea is that you should create a simple GIS of your own, learn how to use it confidently, present it to the group, create some hardcopy output from it and finally write a short, succinct, illustrated report about it. There are many data sets available on the web and many more can be created from simple lists of data. Base maps are available on the K:\ drive for a range of places. These include digital maps at Portsmouth, National (UK), European and World scales. You can also use maps downloaded from www.edina.ac.uk/digimap. The kinds of subject matter you may cover with your project are likely to include anything that one can generate a list from. For instance:- UK Universities/courses (see , anything from Electronic Yellow Pages using postcodes for geo-location – postcode data may be downloaded from www.edina.ac.uk/digimap, Solent shipwrecks (from me), locations of schools in the Isle of Wight (use Telephone directory and a street map, plus Web based data), download data from the USA via the web – do a Google search. For Southern England coastal data try http://www.channelcoast.org. Ordnance Survey Open Data is also worth looking at — this is available through the www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk website.
There are also many different datasets available for download from elsewhere on the web – explore the web using Google and keywords such as; GIS DATA DOWNLOAD FREE MAPINFO ARCGIS ARCMAP ARCVIEW. Try out different combinations of keywords and add some of your own. The assessment of the seminars will be on the basis of the quality and content of the presentation. Additionally, the submission of the presented GIS, in its digital form, along with a short report of around 1000 words should be provided. Remember that if you are working as a pair you should both submit individual reports and you should ensure that the GIS itself reflects the level of work that can be achieved by a team rather than an individual working alone. It is important to make sure that the submitted GIS will work on another machine other than the one it was created on and that the media on which it is submitted actually functions. (You need to think about the file pathways and test the GIS out on other machines to check that it will function as expected.)
The student project GIS and the seminar presentation are intended to give students the opportunity to develop their skills with both GIS technology and the presentation of their work to other people. Almost all graduates of the MSc in GIS will have to give presentations to other people as part of their professional activities.
Books You should buy:-
Longley, P. A., Goodchild, M. F., Maguire, D. J., and Rhind, D. W., 2015, Geographic Information Science and Systems., Wiley, Chichester (An earlier edition of this book will be fine and will probably be much cheaper.) Heywood, I., Cornielius, S., and Carver, S., 2011, An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Prentice Hall – Pearson Education, Harlow (An earlier edition of this book will be fine and will probably be much cheaper.)
Other Reading:- Bernhardsen, T. (1992), Geographic Information Systems. Arendal: Viak. Burrough, P. (1986), An introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Burrough P. A. (1998) Principles of Geographical Information. 2nd Edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford Kraak, M. & Ormeling, F. (1996) Cartography: Visualization of Spatial Data. Longman, Harlow. Jones, C. (1997) Geographical Information Systems and Computer Cartography. Longman, Harlow. Cassetari, S. (1993), Introduction to Integrated Gee-information Management. London: Chapman Hall Dale, P.F. 8( McLaughlin (1988), Land Information Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Maguire, D.J., Goodchild, M.F. and Rhind, D.W. (1991), Geographical Information Systems: Principles and Applications. London: Longman. Martin, D. (1996), Geographic Information Systems: Socioeconomic Applications Masser, I. and Blakemore M (1991), Handling Geographical Information: Methodology and Potential Applications. London: Longman. Journals:- Geoconnexion International Magazine www.geoconnexion.com GeoEurope from Geotec media. www.geoplace.com Web based resources:- GiS TiMELiNE Tracing the history and development of Geographical Information Systems through the past forty years. At:-
The GIS History Project at:- http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/ncgia/gishist/ Look at the paper on the The GIS History Project by David M. Mark, Nicholas Chrisman, Andrew U. Frank, Patrick H. McHaffie, John Pickles at:- http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/ncgia/gishist/bar_harbor.html MapInfo’s web site at:- http://www.mapinfo.com ESRI’s wep site at:- http://www.esri.com see particularly their glossary at:- http://www.esri.com/resources/glossary3.html The Association for Geographic Information at:- http://www.agi.org.uk Ordnance Survey – www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. An excellent section on GIS