LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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
Editing data
Spatial data analysis
3D representation of spatial data
Application of GIS in your discipline
Map production

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

  • 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.
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)
Project proposal20%
Problem solving using GIS30%
Practical skills30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once)
Project proposal20%
Problem solving using GIS30%
Practical skills30%

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

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Fee information


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