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, 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. Describe the fundamental concepts and applications of Geographical Information Systems

  2. Demonstrate proficiency in map reading, interpretation and design principles

  3. Describe the fundamental concepts and applications of remote sensing and Global Navigation Satellite Systems

  4. Identify, explain, and interpret spatial patterns and relationships

  5. Perform commonly used GIS analysis techniques and report on results

  6. Research the applications and limitations of GIS analysis.

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.