The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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. 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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

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.


  1. 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


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

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Practical assignment

Report: Practical reports

Presentation: Group presentation and report

Contact hours


Computer Lab

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


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