Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: ENV101
Module Title: Research and GIS skills
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
To develop essential study and disciplinary skills required by Environmental Scientists, both for their current studies and future employment.

• Introduce students to key approaches/concepts and ideas in the Environmental Sciences

• To help students identify and effectively employ appropriate sources of data and information

• Develop students' study skills and provide essential training for subsequent years

• Develop students' personal transferable skills.

• To introduce the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to Environmental Science
Learning outcomes 
Students completing the module successfully should:

A. demonstrate basic skills for finding accurate and up-to-date information using relevant sources (e.g. databases, academic journals)

B. apply GIS techniques in the real-world applications

C. deliver a basic scientific oral presentation supported by appropriate visual aids and references

D. use basic graphic, tabular and/or textual methods to produce a scientific poster

E. demonstrate their ability to write a scientific report at University-level standards.
Method of teaching and learning 
The module is delivered primarily by lectures and in small group tutorials. The lecture series will run weekly and will introduce the basics of GPS and GIS, followed by practical exercises. Study skills will be developed in tutorials and assessments will include writing a project report, preparing and presenting both oral and poster presentations.

*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.
Week1, Lecture Introduction to GPS, Tutorial Lab and field notebooks, practical reports, Week 2, Lecture Introduction to Trimble handheld GPS receiver and collecting GPS data in the field, Tutorial Effective reading and making notes, Week 3 Lecture Map basics and introduction to GIS, Tutorial Academic databases ,Week 4 Lecture Introduction to ArcGIS, Tutorial Referencing software, Week 5, Lecture GIS data structures, Tutorial References, Week 6, Lecture Interpolation (vector to raster practice), Tutorial Reading Journal papers and summarising, Week 7, Reading week, Week 8, Lecture DEM and contour map (raster to vector practice), Tutorial How to make a scientific poster, Week 9, Lecture Georeference, Tutorial How to write a report/essay, Week 10, Lecture Image registration and rectification practice, Tutorial Data collection, Week 11, Lecture Query and thematic mapping, Tutorial Data presentation, Week 12, Lecture Query and map design practice, Tutorial Assessment of poster presentations, Week 13, Lecture Geospatial analysis, Tutorial Assessment of oral presentations, Week 14, Lecture Buffering, overlay practice, 15 Reading week
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     12    4  108  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Report 50.00
2 Poster Presentation 25.00
3 Oral Presentation 25.00

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