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Level 3 Geographical Information Systems – Online

This Level 3 course gives you a foundation in understanding how to enhance business performance of your organisation using innovative Geographical Information System (GIS) software

Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the concepts of presenting and analysing information spatially using GIS software.  You will put these concepts into practice in order to identify how your organisation’s data can be used in a GIS. 

Subjects studied will include:

• An introduction to GIS

• Economics, location and GIS

• Using GIS to inform the decision making process (optional)

• GIS data manipulation and presentation (optional)

• GIS analysis to inform planning (optional unit not included in the original course fee.  It is worth 3 credits meaning you can upgrade your current Level 3 Award in GIS (12 credits) to a Level 3 Certificate in GIS (15 credits))

Important note:

Please ensure you enrol on the correct course.  The introductory course costs £395 and is course code 72394-15/16-BRD1B.  If you have completed this course and wish to enrol on Unit 5 only you should enrol on course code 72394-15/16-BRD1C costing £100. 


Entry Requirements

You should have good IT skills including familiarity with MS Word and MS Excel.  You will also need access to a good Windows computer and internet.  GIS software will be provided for the duration of the course.  No previous experience in GIS is required although those who have not used the software before should expect to take a little longer to get started.

If completing Unit 5, please note there is a large amount of data used in this unit therefore you will need access to a computer with adequate storage and processing power.  You must have successfully completed 3 units before you are eligible to enrol on this. 

This course requires 3 hours of study a week plus additional time to complete assignments.

Where will it take me?

This is an opportunity to study the same GIS course we offer on campus but from your own home.  Successful completion of the course will give you a sound introduction in using GIS software, cover a range of basic techniques and create an awareness of how it can it can be used in the workplace. 

Note: Unit 5 is available for online study only

This is an official Level 3 Open College Network Northern Ireland qualification.  3 units are required to achieve a Level 3 Award in GIS.  Once this is achieved, students will be given the opportunity to complete an additional unit to upgrade the qualification to a Level 3 Certificate in GIS. 

How will it make me more employable?

This unit will add to the skills already developed through the first units of the Level 3 GIS course

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Each unit will be individually assessed through coursework, demonstrating both your ability to use GIS software and your understanding of how the results of analysis can be useful in a range of scenarios. 

For more information about this course please contact Kathryn McNair by email: kmcnair@serc.ac.uk

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Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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