Postgraduate Course: Object Orientated Software Engineering: Spatial Algorithms (PGGE11106)
|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 assumes a prior working knowledge of the Python 3 programming language. It uses these to develop an understanding of the use of computer programming in spatial analysis, including batch processing, handling large datasets and developing novel algorithms and data products. A range of practical examples are used to identify and utilise generic algorithmic principles across a variety of different spatial data types and problems. Concepts of algorithm efficiency and resource usage and design of clear, maintainable software, are addressed. There is a strong practical emphasis to learning on the course and it is delivered through a sequence of five, four-hour workshops that allow you to iteratively learn about aspects of algorithm design and then to implement these in practice for yourself.
Technological Infrastructures for GIS (PGGE11234) or other equivalent experience of basic python is a pre-requisite for this course.
Introduction to python programming: Computer basics; Version control software and repositories; Revision of python basics; Reading and writing files; Introduction to algorithm design: Finding minima and sorting
Objects and flexible programs: Using the command line to make programmable programs; Objects and classes; Function fitting; Binary search, by loop or recursion
Geospatial algorithm design: Geospatial packages: introduction to pyproj and gdal; Further algorithm design: Recursion; Handling raster data; Reusing existing code
Raster functions: Focal functions; nested loops; Speeding up with geopandas; Practicing algorithm design
Handling big, novel data: Example of algorithm design using LVIS lidar data; Batch processing; Handling big data; Revision of all aspects of course so far
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Technological Infrastructures for GIS (PGGE11234)
||Other requirements|| A working knowledge of the basics of Python is essential, particularly data types (lists, dictionaries etc.) and flow control (if's, loops and functions).
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Learning journal and weekly code respository to be submitted every week (30%, marked over all 5 weeks)
Final Project (70%) - submission due Friday, week 6
||Formative feedback will be given for each week┐s journal entry. These will all be marked at the end of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand object oriented programming.
- Identify how different spatial data models can be implemented in object-oriented designs
- Have an understanding the principles of algorithm development and of generic concepts employed in algorithm design and be familiar with a range of algorithms used to manipulate and analyse spatial data
- Be able to develop Python classes suited to the representation and analysis of spatial data.
- Be able to undertake spatial data Input / Output in standard formats and to interface Python with other proprietary software and be able to complete programming and software documentation within specified parameters and to a professional standard
Martelli A, (2009), Python in a Nutshell, O┐Reiley
Lutz M, Learning Python(2009), O┐Reiley
Sedgewick R, and Wayne K (2011):,Algorithms 4th edition
Westra, E 2015 Python GeoSpatial Analysis essentials. Packt publishing
|Course organiser||Dr Steven Hancock
Tel: (01316)51 7112
|Course secretary||Ms Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50