Postgraduate Course: Environmental Modelling (PGGE11032)
This course will be closed from 13 January 2017
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to provide an introduction to the principles and methods used to model processes in environmental systems, particularly in spatial contexts. Emphasis is placed on the variety of approaches to modelling, their characteristics and limitations. Case studies are used to illustrate these approaches and to demonstrate shared principles and practices over a variety of fields. The links between models and GIS within the context of data structures, spatial analysis, and visualisation will be stressed. Practicals and individual project work use the Java programming language as a medium for model examples and focus on the requirements for the design and implementation of models.
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| - understand the principles methods by which environmental processes can be represented and modelled.
- appreciate the role that modelling plays in helping understand how natural systems operate.
comprehend ways in which natural systems can be characterised and how they can be represented as systems of equations.
- develop simple models and perform modelling experiments knowledgeably utilising components from a modelling toolbox.
- be familiar with a range of modelling examples from a number of component disciplines and to appreciate the common features between modelling approaches.
- locate, read and summarise relevant literature, from both traditional and electronic media, to extend your understanding of the topic.
- develop reasoned arguments, firmly grounded in the vailable literature.
- plan and write assignments, within the specified parameters and to a professional standard.
- take responsibility for your own learning through reading and the preparation of assignments, and reflect upon your learning experience.
|Course organiser||Dr William Mackaness
Tel: (0131 6)50 8163
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline Keir
Tel: (0131 6)51 7192