GEOGG126 Representation, Structures and Algorithms
CORE GEOGG126 - REPRESENTATION, STRUCTURES & ALGORITHMS
Term 1 (2013)
- To introduce the ways in which spatial data can be represented, stored and manipulated within computers.
- To explore the data models, data structures and algorithms that are fundamental to GISs and methods of spatial analysis.
The module will cover:
- Digital representations of geography
- Spatial objects: models, structures and algorithms
- Rasters: models, structures and algorithms
- Fields: models, structures and algorithms
- Databases: models, structures and algorithms
- Cartographic principles
1 piece of assessed coursework.
The module will be delivered through:
- Lectures (2 hour sessions providing concepts, contexts, and critiques of representations, structures and algorithms)
- Moodle resources (hosting reading lists, lecture handouts, datasets, guides and practical support materials)
At the end of the module, students should:
- understand the generic concepts that underlie GISs and spatial analysis;
- understand the structures used to represent, store, manipulate, analyse and display spatial data;
- understand how the representation chosen to store spatial data affects the range of algorithms that can be applied to it.