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Unit description

Introduces students to geographic information systems (GIS) and how GIS can be used to solve a simple spatial problem in environmental science. Students will use location data from a global positioning system (GPS) and other field data. They will integrate these data into a geodatabase via Excel. They will gather relevant existing spatial data and create a Story Map and Infographic that conveys a clear message to the general public.

Unit content

Spatial and non-spatial data in GIS

Coordinate systems: projections and datums

Quality control (scale, source, errors)

Creating a professional map

Using Excel with a GIS

Story Maps and Infographics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1incorporate spatial and non-spatial data into a GIS
2explain coordinate systems and quality control of spatial and non-spatial data
3use a GIS to solve a simple spatial problem and produce a professional map
4communicate spatial data concepts to a wide audience using Story Maps and Infographics.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. incorporate spatial and non-spatial data into a GIS
  2. explain coordinate systems and quality control of spatial and non-spatial data
  3. use a GIS to solve a simple spatial problem and produce a professional map
  4. communicate spatial data concepts to a wide audience using Story Maps and Infographics.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Portfolio30%
Portfolio50%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Portfolio30%
Portfolio50%
Notice

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Fee information

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