Postgraduate taught 

Geoinformation Technology & Cartography MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Applied GIS GEOG5102

  • 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

Further experience in the use of GIS for applications, including development of tools and interfaces within GIS and a 3-day field course.


All classes will take place during semester 2. Attendance at a residential field class - normally 3 days in April. A significant component of this course is a self-study exercise.

Note: Fees and accommodation for the field class are included for those on MSc or PGD in Geoinformation Technology & Cartography or MSc in Geomatics & Management; others will be required to fund attendance themselves.

Excluded Courses

GEOG5001 Applied GIS


GEOG5019 Principles of GIS or equivalent background in GIS


A report on the applied GIS project (30%)

Directed practical tasks on programming (40%)

Group verbal report on the field course task (20%)

Products of the field course task (10%).

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. 


It is not possible to repeat the applied GIS project, but it will be possible to submit a revised final report for re-assessment.

Programming exercises cannot be re-assessed

The field course and its outputs cannot be re-assessed.

Course Aims

One part focuses on the use of GIS in an applied project using the concept of a Virtual Work Placement. Other parts look application development within GIS.

The teaching aims are to:

■ give experience of an applied GIS project in a simulated work based environment;

■ expose students to OpenSource GIS;

■ give experience of developing tools and interfaces within a GIS;

■ give experience of working with a group to solve a task using GIS

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this course students will be able to:

■ Use OpenSource GIS and related tools;

■ Develop simple programmes, tools and user interfaces within a GIS environment;

■ Carry out an applied GIS project with minimal supervision; 
Write reports on applied GIS analysis;

■ Work within a group to solve a problem requiring use of GIS within a limited time frame.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at all tutorial, practical sessions and the field class.