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 unit requires students to demonstrate innovation and the ability to critically analyse contemporary issues in the field.
- Maps and spatial information
- Maps and spatial data models
- Getting data into a GIS
- Spatial data management
- Analysis of data in a GIS
- Topographic analysis and data visualisation
- Environmental modelling
- GIS in the real world
- Current 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 characteristics, types, and processing of spatial data||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||use Arc Catalog, Arcmap & Spatial Analyst modules of ArcGIS||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|3||develop applications for using GIS as a tool in environmental management||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||manage and analyse spatial data.||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Bolstad, P., 2016, GIS Fundamentals A first text on Geographic Information Systems, 5th, Eider Press, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. ISBN: 978-1-50669-587-7.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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