Geographic Information Systems & Science

Led by Dr Adam Dennett, Geographic Systems and Science aims to equip students with an understanding of the principles underlying the conception, representation/measurement and analysis of spatial phenomena. It presents an overview of the core organising concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems, and the software and analysis systems that are integral to their effective deployment in advanced spatial analysis.

The practical sessions in the course will introduce students to both traditional and emerging technologies in geographical information science through the use of desktop GIS software like Arc GIS and Quantum GIS, and the powerful statistical software environment, R. In developing technical expertise in these software tools, students will be introduced to real-world geographical analysis problems and, by the end of the course, will be able to identify, evaluate and process geographic data from a variety of different sources, analyse these data and present the results of the analysis using different cartographic techniques.

This class runs during term one, for three hours per week (one hour lecture followed by two a hour practical).  Assessment is by coursework (2,500 – 3,000 words) and exam.

Here are some examples of prior coursework submissions with map outputs using skills taught on this module.


London GLA car accident index for major roads – Sian Elliot, 2013



London coffee shops networks: ‘Use’ frequency within a 250 meter radius coffee shop location – Lyzette Zeno Cortes, 2013



Weighted Diversity Index – Gareth Simons, 2013



Weighted index of gentrification (2001 – 2010) – Oliver Lock, 2013