Geographic Information Science by Distance Learning (MSc - Postgraduate Diploma - Postgradute Certificate) - London - Greater London - Birkbeck, University of London - I24727

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Geographic Information Science by Distance Learning (MSc - Postgraduate Diploma - Postgradute Certificate) - Distance

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Geographic Information Science by Distance Learning (MSc - Postgraduate Diploma - Postgradute Certificate) - Online

  • Objectives
    The aims of the programme are to: -introduce the principles of Geographic Information Science (GISc) at an advanced level through the development of scientific knowledge, technical expertise and practical experience -provide relevant theoretical background and a conceptual understanding of GISc -provide the social and political context of geographical data and the implications of its use -enable students to develop skills in real-world application areas. The programme is tailored for professional working with geographical information who have some practical knowledge of GISc but – in order to make informed technological choices – need a deeper understanding of spatial theory, a wider technological knowledge, new perspectives on the social and political context of spatial data and insights into the process of organisational/societal decision-making with spatial data.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Degree or equivalent in geography, computer science or a cognate discipline; we will consider professional experience in place of a degree. A computer able to run ArcGIS 9.2, with Internet connection, email, word processing, spreadsheet and storage facilities for learning materials. Some professional experience with GIS is desirable.
  • Academic title
    Geographic Information Science by Distance Learning (MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgradute Certificate)
  • Course description
    The programme consists of the following five modules:

    -GISc01: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science, Data Capture and Database Management
    -GISc02: Spatial Statistics, Programming for GIS
    -GISc03: Spatial Modelling, Advanced GIS Analysis
    -GISc04: Social Issues in GIS, GIS Applications
    -GISc05: Dissertation.
    -PgCert: complete modules GISc 01 and 02.

    PgDip: complete modules GISc 01, 02, 03 and 04.

    MSc: complete modules GISc 01, 02, 03, 04 and 05.

    Teaching
    Via the Internet, using a WebCT virtual learning environment to provide learning materials, coursework and coursework feedback, submission of coursework, and a discussion forum for student and staff interaction.

    Assessment
    A combination of formal examination and coursework (including message board portfolios, practical-based assignments, online virtual conference, dissertation design and development project) and a dissertation (where appropriate).

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