Gives 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 hands-on use of industry standard software, how GIS is used to store, analyse, visualise and communicate patterns of spatial information. Applications in environmental science and related fields are explored and a key component is the completion of a student designed GIS analysis. The subject includes a Masters component requiring students to demonstrate innovation and the ability to critically analyse contemporary issues in the field.
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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