4 x 2-hour lectures per semester
4 x 2-hour workshops per semester
5 x 8-hour field trips per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ STEM1002 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
1a GEOG1003 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
1b GEOG2700 - Geographical Information Systems
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENVS8702, GEOG1004, STEM8008 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Fieldwork
Topic description

This topic is applicable to all disciplines who have a need to collect geographical information. Pre-field trip lectures give students a basic introduction into the theory behind the data collection techniques and technologies they will be using. Pre field trip workshops give students an opportunity to consider survey design and create preliminary databases for their data collection. Students will attend a field camp and complete a variety of activities relevant to the collection of spatial information, using a variety of current technologies that are commonly used in human and environmental GIS. Students will gain practical skills in data processing using GIS and present their results.

Educational aims

This topic aims to complement the material delivered in Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Students will gain a basic introduction to survey design and data capture through a series of pre-fieldtrip lectures. Students will undertake a range of data collection techniques relevant to GIS during an intensive field trip and process, analyse and report on the collected data.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Perform background research of a field area
  2. Prepare for field work by considering survey design and preparing preliminary database
  3. Undertake a range of field mapping techniques relevant to GIS
  4. Process interpret field data using GIS
  5. Present results of processed field data applying basic cartographic principles in line with assessment requirements

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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