Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Due to rapid growth of easily accessible high-quality spatial data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are widely used by private sector, government agencies and research organisations to assist with resource and environmental management decision making. This course provides students with an introduction to spatial science and its applications in land and water management, climate science, geoscience, biodiversity studies, planning and social research. The aims of this course are to introduce the principles and theories of GIS and remote sensing and develop practical skills in obtaining, interpreting, analysing and developing spatial datasets. The practical component is implemented through a series of computer laboratories that use real world examples from the earth, environmental and life sciences.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the principles of geographic information systems (GIS) and formulate a workflow for solving a spatial problem;

2. Describe the principles of remote sensing and explain digital image processing techniques;

3. Apply remote sensing and GIS to solving spatial problems in the earth, environmental and life sciences;

4. Use image processing and GIS software.


1.     Principles of GIS

2.     Data input, processing and manipulation

3.     Querying datasets and spatial modelling

4.     Principles of aerial photography and satellite remote sensing

5.     Sensor types and platforms

6.     Digital image processing

7.     Application in the earth, environmental and life sciences

Assumed knowledge

INFO1010 AND GEOS1040 or ENVS1001 or GEOG1020. Students taking this course must also be reasonably experienced using computers and know how to use Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), understand file paths and folder structures, know how to save and back up work.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises

Written Assignment: Written Asessment

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a minimum mark of 40% in final examination.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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