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 aims to:

  • Provide students with a basic introduction to the theoretical concepts of GIS, as well as providing students with an introduction to the application of GIS software
  • 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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental concepts and applications of Geographical Information Systems
  2. Demonstrate basic proficiency in map reading, interpretation and design principles
  3. Describe the basic concepts and applications of remote sensing and Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  4. Identify, explain, and interpret spatial patterns and relationships
  5. Perform basic GIS analysis and report on results

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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