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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 collect location data using 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

Safe field data collection using GPS

Data types in GIS (Point, Line and Polygon)

Non-spatial data

Coordinate systems: projections and datums

Gathering data to solve a spatial problem

Quality control (scale, source, errors)

Geodatabases and shape files

Creating a professional map

Using Excel with a GIS

Story Maps

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1collect data in the field safely and incorporate spatial and non-spatial data into a GISIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2integrate data from multiple sources to create a geodatabaseKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate an understanding of coordinate systems and quality control of spatial and non-spatial data Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4use a GIS to solve a simple spatial problem and produce a professional mapIntellectual rigourCreativity
5communicate spatial data concepts to a wide audience using Story Maps and Infographics. CreativityKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. collect data in the field safely and incorporate spatial and non-spatial data into a GIS
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. integrate data from multiple sources to create a geodatabase
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate an understanding of coordinate systems and quality control of spatial and non-spatial data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. use a GIS to solve a simple spatial problem and produce a professional map
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  5. communicate spatial data concepts to a wide audience using Story Maps and Infographics.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 (10)
Assessment
Portfolio20%
Portfolio20%
Portfolio60%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 (10)
Assessment
Portfolio20%
Portfolio20%
Portfolio60%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 4 (10)
Residential session 2 days (1)
Assessment
Portfolio20%
Portfolio20%
Portfolio60%
Notice

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