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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Provides a conceptual understanding of spatial and non-spatial data used in a geographical information system (GIS). The fundamental concepts of spatial analysis underpinning GIS will be applied in discipline or industry context. Students use vector and raster based GIS software (ArcGIS) to collect, edit, manage and analyse spatial and non-spatial data. Students will produce maps to a professional standard. They will complete a self-managed project that demonstrates the application of GIS in their discipline.

Unit content

Spatial data: projections and scale

Spatial data models: vector (topology) and raster

Spatial data capture (GPS, data quality, metadata)

Non-spatial data and data management systems

Editing data

Spatial data analysis

Representation of spatial data

Map production

Problem identification and problem solving using GIS

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
1apply characteristics, types, and processing of spatial data in problem solvingKnowledge of a discipline
2manage spatial and non-spatial data in ArcGISKnowledge of a discipline
3analyse vector and raster data using ArcMapCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4produce maps at a professional standardCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5identify a problem in their discipline and use GIS to solve the problemCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6critically analyse limitations of GIS applications in terms of accuracy and scale in a GIS project.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. apply characteristics, types, and processing of spatial data in problem solving
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. manage spatial and non-spatial data in ArcGIS
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse vector and raster data using ArcMap
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. produce maps at a professional standard
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. identify a problem in their discipline and use GIS to solve the problem
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. critically analyse limitations of GIS applications in terms of accuracy and scale in a GIS project.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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