Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has a critical role in addressing major challenges facing humanity, including our environmental futures (applications involve the measurement of biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, land degradation, natural hazards planning); our future social lives ('smart' and 'digital' cities); water, food and energy security, and the role of local environments for population health, (e.g. in debate on healthy neighbourhoods and epidemiology) and in corporate responsibility. GIS is an emergent technological platform with broad application across natural and social sciences. It involves the practices of producing and negotiating geographic knowledge through the representation, manipulation and analysis of geospatial data using digital technologies. In this foundation level OLE, students will examine GIS based methods to investigate spatial patterns in social, environmental and health data and query the processes underlying these trends. The technologies behind GIS, geospatial data structures, map projections and different methods for querying and analysing geographic data will be introduced through multidisciplinary case studies.
podcast lectures (10 x 10-20 mins)
quizzes, skills-based assessment, assignments
A general awareness and understanding of human and environmental interactions is assumed.