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1017 Landscape modelling introduction

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Introduction to module 1017

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1017 Landscape modelling introduction

  1. 1. Making sense of a complex world; Introduction to this module Landscape modelling 1017DL
  2. 2. Module staff • Julian Swindell: module leader julian.swindell@rau.ac.uk – Rural landscape, – Modelling the landscape as maps and computerised models • Iain Butler iain.butler@rau.ac.uk – Urban landscape
  3. 3. Aims: Why we are running this module Three things surveying students need to know: • How the real world can be visualised as simple, manageable models – analogue maps and digital spatial models • Why contemporary landscapes are like they are • How to use maps and spatial models as aids to managing the developing landscapes of the future
  4. 4. Objectives: the module content This module covers three overarching areas • An examination of traditional and digital technologies used in the creation of maps. • A study of the evolution of the contemporary landscape, both rural and urban from historical times to the present day • An exploration of the technologies used for creating, manipulating and analysing spatial data as landscape models to aid land and property management.
  5. 5. Outcomes: what successful students will achieve in the module To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge of how landscapes can be represented as a graphical or digital model; • Demonstrate knowledge of how contemporary landscapes came to their current form; • Demonstrate understanding of why and how people and societies value and manage landscapes; • Obtain data and information needed to model both rural and urban landscapes; • Use GIS and ICT to collect, manage, model and analyse landscape information.
  6. 6. Assessments • Two forms of assessment will be used – Marked assessments • There are two of these, one carried out during the module and one at the end – Developmental assessments • These are unmarked, but they will develop the skills and knowledge you require for complete the marked assessments
  7. 7. Marked Assessment 1: Coursework • One coursework assessment, carrying 50% of the module mark: – This is set at the beginning of the module. – There will be one coursework tutorial whilst you are working on it – You will receive a mark and feedback within three weeks of submission
  8. 8. Mark Assessment 2: Examination • One, two hour exam at the end of the module, carrying 50% of module mark • This will be closed book, unseen with a choice of questions to answer • Previous exam papers are available for study
  9. 9. Developmental assessments: lots • There will be student activities associated with each unit of the module • You will be expected to take a full part in online discussion forums • These activities carry no mark, but you need to work through all of them to be adequately prepared for marked assessments.
  10. 10. Module Web site • The module is supported by a web site on the Gateway VLE. This will contain all support materials and links to external resources http://gateway.rau.ac.uk • This site will develop and change during the course of the module, managed in part by your feedback.
  11. 11. Gateway home for Landscape modelling module 1017 Current activity box. Updated weekly Important resources, Updated occasionally Module staff Timetable and discussion forum Live resource link Module learning outcome Resources still to come (not linked yet)
  12. 12. Evolution of the rural landscape
  13. 13. Elements of the rural landscape Rivers and canals BuildingsWalls and fences Roads
  14. 14. Cherished landscapes
  15. 15. Urban Landscape • Urban landscapes; what they are • What they mean • Why they are important • How they developed • How they are now controlled • How important their role is today
  16. 16. Townscape • The language of urban landscapes – Elements/components – Subjective and objective perceptions – ‘eye of beholder’ – Visual exploration
  17. 17. Urban Landscape Elements • The buildings – Different ages and styles – Vernacular and polite • The spaces – designed landscapes • Their arrangement – City plans and models
  18. 18. Landscape modelling • The Ordnance Survey and its products • Other sources of maps and spatial data Maps as graphical models of the real World
  19. 19. GIS (geographical information systems) and their applications • GIS for – Map visualisation – Model building – Data integration – Spatial analysis – Problem solving – Decision making
  20. 20. And finally • You will only learn if you work hard • It will be hard • You are expected to read widely • You are expected to develop your own notes on the subject • Assessments may cover any aspect of the subject, don’t skip anything out
  21. 21. What next? • Go through this module’s Gateway site and see how it is structured and what resources are accessible • Check Gateway frequently to see what is happening • Use the forum for module communication and queries http://gateway.rau.ac.uk

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