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Mapping your data : GIS for decision-making

A one day workshop using QGIS to be held Monday 5th February 2018 in the UCD School of Geography

Mapping Your Data is for researchers, policy and decision-makers, staff in local development companies, NGOs, local authorities and consultants who want to gain experience in and knowledge of spatial data in Ireland. This is a day long workshop on GIS as a set of tools that helps you to match your data and other resources alongside data from public services.


 

Do you teach a course at UCD which isn't included in the list below?
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To search for a UCD GIS module you can go to this link: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

You can then search for GIS using the keyword option as shown below, click on the image to see this screen more clearly:

 

 

School of Geography, module GEOG30830 - Geographic Information Systems

Mr Eoin O'Mahony

 

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. GEOG30830. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow the acquisition, storage and analysis of spatial data, that is, data that can be georeferenced. GIS combine two of the major strands in geographic research: spatial analysis and cartography. This course will use QGIS, an open GIS software package, to examine geographic topics. While learning the software is an important part of the course, its focus is on the analysis and visualisation of geographic data and on conducting research on substantive and topical issues. A significant part of your learning will be self-directed and the lectures will focus on broad analytic themes that GIS is designed to handle.

 


School of Geography, module GEOG40820 - GIS     

Dr Ainhoa Gonzalez Del Campo

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ENVB40230. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow the acquisition, storage, analysis and visualisation of spatial data, that is, data that can be georeferenced. GIS combine two of the major strands in geographic research: spatial analysis and cartography. This course will use ArcGIS to examine geographic topics and considerations. While learning the software is an important part of the course, its focus is on the analysis and visualisation of geographic data and on conducting research on substantive and topical issues. A significant part of your learning will be self-directed and the lectures will focus on broad analytic themes that GIS is designed to handle. An important aspect of the course is the integration of GIS work with broader analytical and writing skills to produce comprehensive reports.

 


 

School of Geography, module GEOG40770 -  GIS   

Dr Ainhoa Gonzalez Del Campo

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ENVB40230. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow the acquisition, storage, analysis and visualisation of spatial data, that is, data that can be georeferenced. GIS combine two of the major strands in geographic research: spatial analysis and cartography. This course will use ArcGIS to examine geographic topics and considerations. While learning the software is an important part of the course, its focus is on the analysis and visualisation of geographic data and on conducting research on substantive and topical issues. A significant part of your learning will be self-directed and the lectures will focus on broad analytic themes that GIS is designed to handle. An important aspect of the course is the integration of GIS work with broader analytical and writing skills to produce comprehensive reports.

 


 

School of Geography, module GEOG40850 -  GIS for Environmental Investigations 

Dr Ainhoa Gonzalez Del Campo

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ENVB40230. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

This online course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The module will include a limited number of lectures and will be largely based on practical GIS exercises.

GIS tools and methods will be applied within the framework of an environmental impact assessment assignment, to identify and assess environmental resources and to investigate the potential pressures/effects on such resources. This approach will enable students to gain GIS skills as they undertake the assignment, facilitating a hands-on and practice-led application and testing of the relevant software components.
Topics include:

  • GIS software (commercial and open-source resources)
  • Environmental spatial data (international and national data providers and online data sources)
  • Spatial data management issues (e.g. spatial coverage, quality, scale, metadata)
  • GIS applications (examples of GIS use in environmental assessment and sustainable planning)
  • Introduction to ArcView 10 software (ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolBox)
  • Practical application of ArcView 10

School of Archaeology, module ARCH40870 - Introduction to GIS and Spatial Methods in Archaeology

Dr Rob Sands

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ARCH40870. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

 

Studying the past, or managing heritage, will require you to think spatially and deal with spatial data. Space can be considered the glue that holds our understanding of the past together. It is the one piece of information that is common to most, if not all, evidence that we have. This module introduces you to a series of concepts and techniques that will allow you to both manage and explore heritage data spatially. 
From a practical perspective spatial information in Archaeology and many other disciplines is most commonly considered in terms of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Consequently, this module will have a focus on introducing you to, and giving hands on experience of, these technologies and related issues. Although this is a module that focuses on heritage it may suit other postgraduate students who require an introduction to spatial methods as part of their research.


 

School of Archaeology, module ARCH40880 - Advanced GIS in Archaeology and Heritage

Dr Rob Sands

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ARCH40880. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

As you will have learnt in ARCH 48070, or via your own previous experience, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial methods are a crucial part of current and future Archaeological and Heritage approaches. This module builds upon your existing foundation of GIS knowledge and explicitly explores more advanced concepts and procedures. In particular there is an emphasis on the application of analytical methods. As with all archaeological and heritage approaches at this level of study, the module also continues to develop your critical, theoretical and practical awareness. By the end of the module you should be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different methods and data sources.

 


School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, module PEP20080 - GIS Planning Project

Dr Luke Kelleher

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. PEP20080. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.


This module will introduce students to the basic concepts and organisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated technology. A comprehensive overview of GIS technology is provided including data capture, data analysis, data presentation and representation within a GIS framework. Emphasis is placed on the application of GIS technology to assist in problem investigation and as a decision support tool for planning.

 


 

School of Earth Sciences, module GEOL40480 - Geophysics and GIS 

Dr Ivan Lokmer

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. GEOL40480. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

This course will introduce students to geophysics as a discipline, placing it in the broader Earth science context. The physical principles underlying a variety of geophysical techniques (seismology, gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic) will be explored through practice based field experiments and workshop format lectures in a week long ‘field camp’ setting. Emphasis will be placed on team work in field data acquisition and in the processing, analysis and interpretation the student’s own data. The problem areas will be applied, with a focus on shallow geophysical applications.
Module Learning Aims: To gain an appreciation of controls on geophysical images/models; to understand how to assess the information content and resolution of geophysical images/models; to gain an understanding of the importance of underlying physical principles in Earth model building.

 


School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, module ENVB40540 - Introduction to Ecological Mapping with Open Source Software (QGIS) 

Dr Florence Renou-Wilson

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. GEOL40480. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

Students will be introduced to ‘geoinformation’ and what geoinformation systems are as well as remote sensing. Basic GIS concepts will be explained and explored together with protocols on how to find what kind of environmental data sources already exist and which ones are easily available and applicable for mapping purposes. This module is taught using principally a task-oriented learning approach. Students will learn how to use an open source GIS interface, namely QGIS. Students will learn how to explore and query data layers. With either existing data collected from previous modules or by collecting data from an organised field trip, the students will then create ecological data layers with QGIS. How to display the required information and accurate maps for reports and for the general public will be covered as well as critical awareness and evaluation of using such technology in dealing with environmental issues.


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module AESC30110 -  Diversity in the Rural Landscape

Dr Helen Sheridan

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR30310. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

In this module the student is introduced to the range of components of natural heritage which occur within the landscape. Some attention is also devoted to components of cultural heritage. Concepts and methods for the evaluation of natural and cultural heritage together with an overview of important concepts in Landscape Ecology are provided. The major habitats of significance in the Irish rural landscape are reviewed and management options for their ongoing conservation discussed. Students are introduced in a practical way to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and its use in habitat mapping and quantification. This module is delivered through a series of lecture and practical classes.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR30310 - GIS and Remote Sensing 

Professor Maarten Nieuwenhuis

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR30310. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

This module provides an introduction to mapping for presentation and data analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This course will also feature an introduction to remote sensing. The primary focus of this module is to provides the skills to objectively quantify the spatial distribution of forest resources for management, planning and research purposes. This course provides the basis on which the use of GIS as transferable skill can be built.

Topics covered will include: The fundamental concepts of GIS and remote sensing. Understanding georeferenced GIS raster and vector data sources and web services. Development of hands-on GIS skills for point, line, polygon and attribute creation and editing within ArcGIS 10.4. Enhancement and integration of GIS data sources. Importing and joining external attribute files to layers within a GIS. Building GIS queries. Integration of vector, raster and attribute GIS databases. Specification of GIS database structure and compliance with national digitizing standards. Digital area, perimeter and centroid estimation. Application and use of GIS and remote sensing in sustainable forest management (SFM) spatial resource inventory. This module is focused on developing the skills in GIS which can easily be transferred to other modules and research projects.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR30360 - GIS and Forest Sampling

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR30360. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

This is a competence based GIS and forest sampling (GISFS) module offered over a seven week period. The objective is to develop understanding and hands-on computer competencies and skills associated with objective sampling and analysis of data from spatially distributed forest resources defined within a GIS. Topics covered may include: GIS forest layers. Theory, application and analysis of geospatial sampling designs: including stratified random, systematic and double sampling. Probability proportional to size (PPS). Probability proportional to prediction (3P). Point sampling. Integration of sampling designs within a GIS. Georeferenced area frames. National forest inventory (NFI). Geospatial concepts of site productivity, site index, yield class. The principle of sustained yield, marginal thinning age, age of maximum mean annual increment and biological maturity. Use of yield models for forest managemen and forecasting. Thinning types, marginal thinning intensity and normal thinning period and yield. Thinning control and average growing stock. Use of Irish dynamic yield model software, GROWFOR. Geospatial forecasting of state and private timber supply.
The GIS component of this module will focus on the interpretation of the spatial distribution of forest parameter estimates. Volume estimation using complete enumeration, fixed area plots and volume/weight ratios, Irish and Forestry Commission yield models.
Volume estimation and analysis using Excel. Geospatial concept of volume-basal area theory. The fundamental equation of regression analysis. Parameter estimation using the method of least squares. Hypothesis testing and forestry interpretation of parameter estimates and the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Volume and volume assortment estimation.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR40080 - GIS and Forest Inventory

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR40080. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.


This is an advanced undergraduate GIS and forest inventory (GISFI) module. The module integrates GIS and forest inventory of spatially distributed timber related resources in an environmentally sensitive commercial forest.
This module involves the creation and updating of georeferenced vector and attribute GIS forest inventory databases in ArcGIS 10. The inventory is based on a geospatial stratified random sampling design using an area frame of potential sampling units. Estimation of georeferenced forest inventory parameters at subplot, plot, subcompartment, stratum and forest levels including the associated precision of the estimates. Understanding the integration of GIS, remote sensing, forest sampling and analysis of data from the National Forest Inventory. Understanding production forecasting in state and private forests.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR40120 - GIS and Experimental Design  

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR40120. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.

This is an advanced GIS and experimental design (GISXD) module offered over a seven week period. The objective of module is to develop understanding of GIS and hands-on computer competencies and skills for the design, geospatial layout, independent transparent analysis and interpretation of data from elementary univariate experimental designs.
Topics covered may include:The basic concepts of experimentation: factrors, treatments, replications, geospatial randomization of treatments to experimental units, response variables and hypothesis testing. Fundamental equations of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the underlying assumptions. Understanding, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results from univariate experimental designs including: the completely randomized design, the randomized block design, the Latin square design and a factorial treatment structure in a completely randomized design.
Hypothesis testing of main and interaction effects. Concept of repeated measures designs and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). Introduction to simultaneous inference using Least Significant Difference, Scheffé, Tukey, Duncan's and Student-Newman-Keuls multiple range tests using PASW. Independent verification of ANOVA analyses using the Data Analysis Tools in Microsoft Excel, PASW and possibly R. Transparent and independent analysis, interpretation and reporting of results from elementary experimental designs.
The geospatial distribution of long-term silvicultural forestry experiments, which are maintained by Coillte Teoranta, will be aluded to.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR50010 - GIS and Remote Sensing 2

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. ENVB40230. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.


This is an advanced geographic information system (GIS) and and remote sensing (RS) module. The objective is to develop advanced GIS skills for the quantification, analysis and modelling of spatially distributed resources.
Topics covered may include:An overview of ArcGIS 10, ArcMap, and ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox. Shapefile and geodatabase spatial data formats. Accessing image databases and raster catalogs on servers. Creating and editing data in ArcGIS 10. Spatial analysis including buffers, spatial adjustment, proximity analysis, geoprocessing. Editing spatial and attribute data in ArcMap
Introduction to model building. Overview of the ArcToolbox functionality including 3D analyst, analysis tool and geoprocessing tools. Introduction to geospatial analysis, geostatistics and geocomputation. Use of ArcGIS 10 and the opportunity to develop and communicate geospatial understanding using the scientific paper format.
Introduction to R. Introduction to self-directed learning.This 10 credit GIS and Remote Sensing module is offered as a postgraduate elective to all MSc, Structured PhD programme students, post-doctorates, academic staff and professionals interested in Continuous Professional Developmemnt.
This module is designed for researchers and professionals required to undertake research and analysis of GIS and remote sensing data. Postgraduates are encouraged to work on their own geospatial data.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR50020 - GIS and Spatial Modelling

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR50020. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.


This is an advanced geospatial biological modelling module. The objective of the module is to integrate GIS and geospatial biololgical modelling.
Topics covered may include: A review of the fundamental equation and assumptions of linear and nonlinear regression analysis. Hypothesis testing and biological interpretation of model parameters. The extra sums of squares principle. and partial F tests. Model building strategies. Asymptotic precision of the model parameters.
Matrix formulation of the analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). Integral and differential forms of nonlinear models including the simple exponential, monomolecular, Logistic, von Bertallanffy, Chapman-Richards, Richards and Weibull models. Biological interpretation of nonlinear sustained yield parameters.
Introduction to spatial forecasting and geographically weighted regression. Parameter estimation of linear and nonlinear models using SAS, PASW, R and possibly Mathematica. Transparent and independent analysis, interpretation and reporting of geospatial biological models. Literature review of geopatial biological models. Application of geospatgial biological modelling to Coillte-COFORD permanent sample plot data from long-term forestry experiments.. This module is designed for researchers and professional required to undertake research and analysis of GIS and biological modelling data. Postgraduates are encouraged to work on their own geospatial and biological data.

 


School of Agriculture & Food Science, module FOR50030 - GIS and MANOVA 1

Dr Máirtín Mac Siúrtáin

For module details click here: www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm

Click on 2017/2018 Modules, Click on Keyword Search. In the empty box below Enter a keyword type in the module code, i.e. FOR50030. Left click in the Module Code checkbox and left click in all of the checkboxes for the Levels from 0 to 5. Click on the green Search button. Click on the hyperlink to read the module details.


This is an advanced applied GIS and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) module. The objective of this module is to develop applied quantitative skills for the design, geospatial layout, independent transparent analysis and interpretation of data from elementary multivariate experimental designs.
Topics covered may include: A review of elementary matrix algebra. The determinant and inverse of symmetric pxp matrices. Computation of the mean vector, sums of squares and cross products, variance-covariance and correlation matrices using matrix algebra. Eigenvalue-eigenvector decomposition of covariance matrices. Fundamental equations of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and the underlying assumptions.
Analysis and interpretation of multivariate generalizations of the Student t-test i.e. Hotelling's T2 test, one-way, two-way, factorial treatment combinations and repeatedly measured experimental designs. Outline of the union-intersection principle. Hypothesis testing of main and interaction effects using Wilks' lambda, Roy's greatest-root and other multivariate test statistics.
Introduction to multivariate simultaneous inference using Bonferroni and Roy-Bose simultaneous confidence intervals. Independent verification of MANOVA analyses using Microsoft Excel, SAS 9.2, Mathematica 8, PASW and possibly R. Transparent and independent analysis, interpretation and reporting of data from elementary multivariate experimental designs. Introduction to mulvariate analysis of Coillte-COFORD permanent sample plot data from long-term forestry experiments. This module is designed for researchers and professionals required to undertake GIS and multivariate analysis of data from elementary experimental designs.

 

 

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