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 aims to:

  • Introduce students to the use of Geographic Information Systems and provide a solid grounding in the theoretical and conceptual aspects of GIS
  • 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 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