Unit description

Introduces mapping techniques for providing the data upon which informed decisions in resource management and other environmental investigations are based. A range of techniques are addressed and these entail collection and collation of information from both original (field surveys, aerial photographs and remotely sensed data) and secondary (archival material, particularly in the form of maps) sources. You are introduced to principles and skills required for the collection and presentation of resource data.

Unit content

The following topics will be discussed:
1. Work Health and Safety practices
2. Introduction to geographical techniques in resource assessment 
3. The nature and use of maps, map interpretation and data extraction 
4. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 
5. Geographic Information Systems
6. Surveying and basic skills in survey techniques 
7. Aerial photography and interpretation 
8. Web based mapping - the future of maps

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 3 (weekly)
Lecture on-site 1 (weekly)
Practical skills30%
Exam: practical35%


Teaching method
Residential session 3 days (1)
Lecture online 1 (weekly)
Practical skills30%
Exam: practical35%

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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