This final lecture will summarise the main topics that we have covered in semester 2
and go over a mock exam paper.
The lecture slides are available here.
For a printable version of the slides go here
(printing only works using Google Chrome).
Mock Exam Paper
The exam is 2 hours and consists of two sections (A and B). Section A is about semester 1,
section B is about semester 2. You need to answer one question from each
Section A (Semester 1)
This section relates to the work that you did with John. We wont go over this in the revision
lecture. If you would like to practice, have a look for GEOG3090 past papers.
The following three questions give you an idea of what might come up. You would answer
one of these.
- Explain how geographical data are stored in a GIS and the methods for making this
storage more efficient.
- Explain what is meant by analytical functionality in proprietary GIS and why it is
often found inadequate for spatial planning.
- Outline what distinguishes planning support systems from other forms of geotechnology
and evaluate their uptake by planning practitioners or policy makers using examples.
Section B (Semester 2)
Here are three sample questions for Section B. There is one past paper for the
semester 2 material, so you can look at this as well. We won't go through the
past paper during this lecture though
- Agent-based modelling has been used to explore geographical systems. Discuss the
advantages and disadvantages of the approach for geographical analysis.
- "Capitalism is a disease" (George McMarxist).
You are in charge of designing
the layout of a new shopping centre in London and want to simulate how this disease
spreads as consumers come into contact with each other.
Discuss how would you model the movements and behaviours of shoppers, considering
the model building process and approaches to simulating individual behaviour.
- "Models should be simple enough for me to understand, but not too simple!"
(A Geography Professor).
Considering approaches to modelling geographical systems, to what extent do you
agree with the Professor's words of wisdom?