Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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. GEOS3250 covers the advanced components of GIS and their uses. The use of GIS as a problem-solving tool is studied as well as 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/or physical data is a major component of this course.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the nature of spatial data collection, assembly, and management;

2. Demonstrate proficient operation of GIS software commonly used in government, business and other domains;

3. Describe and contrast the major debates, conceptual approaches and theories regarding applications of GIS modelling in spatial analysis;

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

5. Work effectively as a team;

6. Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.


1. The history of GIS modelling in the social and physical sciences

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

3. Key competencies in commonly available GIS software

4. Data collection and assembly

5. Problem solving using GIS


To ernol in this course students must have successfully completed GEOS2161 or SURV2650 or SURV3650.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Practical assessment

Quiz: Quizzes

Presentation: Group presentation and poster

Report: Practical report

Project: Individual project report

Contact hours


Computer Lab

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


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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