Geographic Information Systems

Course code GEOS3250Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has widespread applications in studies of the environment, the physical landscape and in urban and regional planning. It has a variety of commercial, social and environmental applications. The operation of GIS as a problem solving tool is studied and involves the development of GIS competencies through computer laboratory based practicals. The successful completion of a major problem solving exercise involving the collection and processing of integrated socio-economic, environmental and physical data is a major component of this course.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. An understanding of the spatialised nature of data collection and assembly.

2. Developed a proficiency in the operation of Geographic Information Systems software commonly used in government, business and other domains.

3. The introduction of the major debates and conceptual approaches and theories regarding the applications of GIS modelling in spatial analysis

4. Undertaken integrated problem solving exercises using commonly available GIS software and on-line data sources.

5. Consolidated and further developed geographical skills and competencies transferable to other subject and employment areas, including the interpretation of spatialised data sources; computing skills; software proficiencies; data interpretation; critical evaluation; presentation of material; report writing (analysis and synthesis); and an ability to work in groups and individually.
Content1. The history of GIS modelling in the social and physical sciences

2. Assessment of the uses of GIS as a descriptive, analytical and modelling tool

3. The development of key competencies in commonly available GIS software

4. The development of data collection and assembly skills

5. The development of problem solving skills using GIS
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2161
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Laboratory ExercisesComputer-based practical assignments
Presentations - GroupSeminar on research topic
ReportsReport on research topic
ReportsProject report
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3250