Provides a conceptual understanding of spatial and non-spatial data used in a geographical information system (GIS). It introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial analysis. 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 explore the application of GIS in their discipline.
Spatial data: projections and scale
Spatial data models: vector (topology) and raster
Spatial data capture (Collector for ArcGIS, GPS, data quality, metadata)
Non-spatial data and data management systems
Spatial data analysis
3D representation of spatial data
Application of GIS in your discipline
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 characteristics, types and processing of spatial data.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||manage spatial and non-spatial data in Arc Catalogue and Arc Map||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||analyse vector and raster data using Arc Map||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||produce maps at a professional standard||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||describe how GIS is used as a tool in their discipline||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||critically analyse limitations of GIS applications in terms of accuracy and scale||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Bolstad, P., 2016, GIS Fundamentals A first text on Geographic Information Systems, 5th edn, Eider Press, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. ISBN: 978-1-50669-587-7.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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