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
2 x 2-hour on-line tutorials per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of GEOG1003, GEOG2700, GEOG8700, STEM1002 has been successfully completed
Laboratory exercise(s), Laboratory participation, Test(s)
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 practical application of GIS and its use by researchers, state and local governments and the private sector.
Educational aims
This topic will introduce students to the use of Geographic Information Systems and provide a solid grounding in the theoretical and conceptual aspects of GIS. 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
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the different structures of raster and vector based GIS

  2. Identify the range of spatial data capture methods including photogrammetry, totals stations, LIDAR and Global Navigation Satellite System

  3. Identify the range of vector overlay functions

  4. Identify the range of raster analysis functions

  5. Identify the different coordinate systems and projections

  6. Conduct GIS analysis, compare and report results

  7. Analyse the errors associated with the Global Navigation Satellite System

  8. Research and describe the application of three GIS methodologies in a chosen discipline area.