ARCH07033 2013 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Archaeologists

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Archaeologists
Transcript Title
GIS Introduction
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Guy Marsden
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_JSCIE_X06 201400 Certificate SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology

This module provides an introduction to tabular and spatial data management and analysis. Students are introduced to geographic information systems (GIS) and their application in Archaeological sciences. A range of data compilation and data interrogation processes are introduced in order to provide the student with competence in a range of tabular and spatial data manipulation and presentation tasks.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Compile feature attributes in tabular format


Display feature and tabular data within a GIS environment.


Query and find features using logical expressions and spatial relationships.


Work with GIS functions to assign symbology, manage labels and produce customised map documents.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative - Practical activities performed in class

Summative - Assessment of core skills in spatial and tabular data management, analysis, and presentation.

Module Dependencies

ENVR06065 201300 Information Technology 1 Computer Apps for Environ Investigation

Indicative Syllabus

Data management to include maintenance, interrogation, and report generation using Tabular and Spatial data sets.

Basic concepts of data security, data privacy, and data integrity in the data driven environment.

Spatial analysis functions to manage and analyse data in order to answer geographic queries.

Tasks using GIS applications to include capture, store, query, analyse, display, and output.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Intro to GIS 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Law, M. & Collins A. (2012) Getting to Know ArcGIS for Desktop, e/3, ESRI Press.

Kennedy, M. (2009) Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS. e/2 Wiley & Sons

Haywood, I., Cornelius, S., & Carver, S. (2008) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, Pearson Education, Harlow.

Other Resources


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