The Graduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems is a 36-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
It articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate Geographical Information Systems and the 72-unit Master of Geospatial Information Science.
Applicants will normally hold either the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems or an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Dean (Education) may admit others who can demonstrate fitness for candidature.
The Graduate Diploma in GIS is not available to graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems or of equivalent undergraduate courses from other tertiary institutions.
The Graduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of GIS and remote sensing and is intended for students with an undergraduate degree that is not related to studies in GIS.
It provides a theoretical and practical framework for graduates from a range of backgrounds, as well as those from the public sector and non-government organisations wishing to extend their choice of career path by acquiring knowledge and skills in the capture, synthesis and communication of spatially-referenced information.
Students will learn skills which are applicable to a range of areas such as urban and regional planning, infrastructure management, transportation, the environment, biological sciences, biodiversity management and archaeology.
Students who successfully complete the graduate diploma will be able to:
- practice advanced skills in GIS analysis in a variety of areas as well as discuss and interpret more complex spatial information theory and methodologies
- demonstrate an in-depth understanding of vector and raster GIS structures, relational databases, geodatabases, data input, data editing and raster interpolation methods
- practice multispectral image interpretation and analysis through a range of geometric and radiometric enhancement techniques, image arithmetic and data fusion
- extract useful information from remotely sensed data through a range of multispectral transformations, band ratios, and classification methodologies
- demonstrate the practical application and analysis of GIS and remotely sensed data through the implementation of project work.
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Geographical Information Systems, students must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better, from the following list of optional topics.
A student's program of study must be approved by the Course Co-ordinator.
Option - Year 1 topics
Select 36 units from (with the approval of the Course Coordinator)*:
COMP8772 Web-based Systems Development GE (4.5 units)
COMS9001 Communicating Research (4.5 units)
EASC8702 Global Climate Change GE (4.5 units)
ENVS7701 Coastal Management GE (4.5 units)
ENVS7711 Environmental Management (4.5 units)
ENVS8702 GIS Field Methods for all Disciplines (4.5 units)
ENVS8711 Australian Environmental Change GE (4.5 units)
ENVS8732 Environmental Impact Assessment GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8761 Caring as Country: Indigenous Environmental Management GE (4.5 units)
STAT8701 Statistical Science GE (4.5 units)
STEM8002 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems GE (4.5 units)
STEM8003 Remote Sensing for all Disciplines GE (4.5 units)
STEM8004 Modelling in Space and Time, Geostatistics and GIS GE (4.5 units)
STEM8005 Applied Problem Solving with Computers GE (4.5 units)
STEM8006 Airborne Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry GE (4.5 units)
STEM8007 Advanced Geographical Information Systems GE (4.5 units)
STEM8100 Research Project in Science GE (4.5 units)
*With the approval of the Course Coordinator, up to 9 units of any other topics from across the University at the requisite level that meet the educational aims and learning outcomes of the course may be taken.