Web and Mobile Mapping GEOG5015

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with an introduction of GIS in web and mobile environments, including LBS.


Classes 1 day per week for 5 weeks in first half of semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

An appropriate background in GIS, including basic skills in using GIS

Ability to carry out some basic programming and editing of scripts.


GEOG5019 Principles of GIS or equivalent GIS knowledge


Coursework, 40%; examination 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The assessed workshop on web mapping

Course Aims

■ To introduce the specific design requirements for maps distributed via the WWW;

■ To introduce how mapping and GIS services can be provided on the WWW;

■ To investigate the development and use of Location Based Services;

■ To consider the social implications of web mapping


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this course students will be able to:

■ Describe the design requirements for static, interactive and dynamic maps distributed on the WWW;

■ Discuss the development and use of Location Based Services (LBS);

■ Explain the software and system requirements for web-enabled mapping, GIS & LBS

■ Discuss the special requirements of mapping for mobile & hand-held devices

■ Critically assess web mapping services

■ Discuss positioning methods for mobile GIS & LBS

■ Use API and web publishing tools to prepare maps for web distribution

■ Discuss the social implications of mapping on the WWW

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practical sessions