1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop per semester
1 x 2-hour computer lab weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of GEOG1003, GEOG2700, GEOG8700, STEM8002 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic introduces students to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), an important tool used by many disciplines. Students undertaking this topic will be introduced to the fundamental concepts that underpin GIS theory and practice and will have the opportunity to work with GIS software. The topic emphasises the computer laboratory experience and lays the groundwork for the understanding of how GIS is used across a range of relevant disciplines, as well as provide an entry point into more advanced GIS topics.
Educational aims
This topic is designed to provide students with an introduction to the theoretical concepts of GIS, as well as providing students with a solid grounding in the application of GIS software. It aims to give students experience working with the widely recognised ESRI ArcGIS software, using many of the generic analysis methods that are applied in a wide range of application areas such as geography, civil engineering, earth sciences, environmental science, biology, archaeology, the health sciences and computer science.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

Describe the components of a GIS

Conduct GIS analysis, compare and report results

On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of raster and vector spatial data and the advantages to geospatial data analysis

  2. Outline the range of spatial data capture approaches and their relative merits

  3. Understand how to capture spatially referenced data using a digitisation technique, scanning technique and the Global Navigation Satellite System

  4. Retrieve, display, analyse and communicate a range of layers, themes or coverages of spatial data in a variety of application areas

  5. Conduct queries and simple overlaying operations and communicate conclusions of these results

  6. Describe vertical and horizontal datum’s and the various projections.