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.
- 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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain, at an introductory level, characteristics, types, and processing of spatial data||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||use at a basic level, Arc Catalog, ArcMap & Spatial Analyst modules of ArcGIS||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|3||understand and describe how GIS is applied as a tool in environmental management||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|4||manage and analyse spatial data.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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