Research and Presentation Skills for Spatial Analysis
This core course for the MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology is designed to provide students with a wide range of technical, project management and modern presentation skills that are necessary to complete large-scale GIS projects in archaeology, particularly those that are multi-disciplinary and/or involve several different contributors. More specifically, we emphasise skills for clearly articulating appropriate research questions, data and methods in spatial analysis, for using quantitative data to support your arguments, for solving technical problems and carrying your GIS project through in a timely way, as well as for presenting your final results (particularly online).
We make use of a wide range of software including both commercial GIS packages and Free and Open Source alternatives, allowing students to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each for different kinds of projects, specialist contributors and end-users. The course is taught using a combination of lectures, practical sessions and tutorials in the Institute's AGIS laboratory. A key feature is that students develop a small-scale research project and are then assessed via a project portfolio and one essay.