Unit description

This subject gives both conceptual background and empirical experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), introducing and applying fundamental concepts of GIS, spatial data and spatial analysis. Students experience, via the hands-on use of industry standard GIS software, how GIS is used to store, analyse, visualise and communicate patterns of (often complex) spatial information. Applications in applied sciences and related fields are explored and a key component of the subject is the completion of a student designed GIS analysis.

Unit content

  • The theoretical and practical components of the unit cover
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Maps and spatial information
  • Maps and spatial data models
  • Getting data into a GIS
  • Spatial data management
  • Basic analysis of data in a GIS
  • Topographic analysis and data visualisation
  • Environmental modelling: GIS in real world
  • The trends in 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (optional) (11 weeks)
Practical skillsSR
Project report30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Residential session 40hrs (1 week)
Workshop online 2 hours (optional) (2 weeks)
Practical skillsSR
Project report30%

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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