Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with fundamental concepts of geographical information sciences and remote sensing. It includes spatial reference systems, types of spatial information, database structures, analytical methods for spatial data analysis, and image processing. Students are exposed to a range of remotely sensed products and spatial data systems used for a wide range of environmental applications and engineering problems. Students will have hands on experience in the use of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing software.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply knowledge of the background, methods, and applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) to surveying and engineering applications.

2. Execute spatial data processing and analysis procedures to practical engineering applications using computer based GIS/RS software.

3. Apply practical skill sets to collect, store, retrieve, transform, and display various spatial data in a GIS environment.

4. Perform image processing and be able to interpret remotely sensed data in a GIS environment.


•    Georeferencing and spatial coordinate systems

•    Types of spatial information

•    Database structures

•    Analytical methods for spatial data analysis and modelling

•    Basic concepts of remote sensing and radiation theory

•    Exposure to a range of sensors and systems

•    Knowledge of a wide range of GIS and RS applications

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses MATH1110 and MATH1120, and successful completion of SURV1200, SURV2210, SURV2220, SURV2230, SURV3350 and SURV3510.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: GIS/RS Laboratory

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Computer labs will be held 2 hours per week for 6 weeks (every even week).


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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.