Module Description : Mapping Science
Module Code(s) : CEGEG034
Module Coordinator : Jonathan Iliffe
Outline :

​The course covers generic concepts and techniques that apply to all aspects of geomatics. Starting from a consideration of the nature of mapping and its uses, this also encompasses acquisition methods (including satellite imagery and positioning systems) and fundamental concepts of reference systems. The course continues by looking at techniques for handling digital map data, and goes on to examine sample policy frameworks for national mapping organisations.

Aims And Learning Outcomes :

The aim of this component is to give students a broad view of the most significant techniques for acquiring spatial data, and the main issues that arise when developing mapping products: these will be developed further in later course components appropriate to each programme. Students will develop a knowledge of the possibilities for acquiring data, and be able to describe the possibilities and problems associated with particular techniques. They will acquire a working knowledge of reference systems and coordinate operations. Students will understand the issues that arise in developing mapping and charting products from digital data, and the organisational frameworks in which data is acquired and exploited, and be able to describe applications that go beyond simple mapping products.

Pre- And Co- Requisites :
Assessment :

Coursework Details:

Two pieces of coursework will be set, amounting in total to 3 credits. These will be within the general theme of handling digital mapping data using tools such as ArcGIS, carrying out registration of images, creating digital elevation models, analysing flood plains, etc.

Examination Details:
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3 hours

Reading List :

Principal Reading list:  

Aronoff, S. (2005), Remote Sensing for GIS Managers, ESRI Press, California. 487pp

ASCE, ACSM, ASPRS (1994/2011), Glossary of the Mapping Sciences, ASPRS. ISBN: 1-57083-011-8

Iliffe,J., Lott,R. (2008), Datums and Map Projections: for Remote Sensing, GIS and Surveying. Whittles Publishing. ISBN: 978-1420070415. 208pp.

Konecny G, 2002. Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems. Taylor and Francis, London. 248 pages.

A more extensive and particular references list will be given to individual module subjects. The reference list below cover some subjects in more detail: 

Data Aquisition:

Henderson F M and Lewis A J, 1998. Principles and Applications of Imaging Radar. American Manual of Remote Sensing, Third Edition, Volume 2. . American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, Va. 866 pages

Light D L, 1990. Characteristics of remote sensors for mapping and earth science applications. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 56(12):1613-1623.

Mikhail E, Bethel J, McGlone J, 2001. Introduction to Modern Photogrammetry. John Wiley


Tomlinson Roger, 2003, Thinking about GIS, ESRI publication.

Petch, J. and Reeve, D. (1999). GIS Organisations and People, a socio-technical approach, Taylor & Francis, UK.