LismoreSession 1Session 1
National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the mapping techniques that are essential to make sound decisions in resource management. Techniques used to collect data include field surveys (including work, health and safety and risk assessment), aerial photograph interpretation and global positioning systems (GPS). Interpretation of information represented in maps is used as a source of information. Organising data in a spreadsheet and geographic information system (GIS) is introduced. Representation of data in graphs and maps is assessed.

Unit content

Work, health and safety and risk assessment

Geographical techniques used in environmental management

Map interpretation and information extraction

Graphical representation of data (e.g. charts and infographics)

Appropriate accuracy, scale and uses of maps

Collecting data in the field (e.g. survey techniques global positioning systems)

Aerial photograph interpretation

Map production (symbology, metadata and TOSSLAD - title, orientation, scale, source, legend, author and date)

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 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Practical session 4 (11 weeks)
Practical skills30%
Exam: practical30%

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Practical session 4 (11)
Practical skills30%
Exam: practical30%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once)
Lecture online 1 (11 weeks)
Practical skills30%
Exam: practical30%

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

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