GIS for Environmental Management and Planning - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (40%) , Practical 1 - Practical Test (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,475.00
International 2,725.00

A hands-on introduction to geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing as used in environmental management and planning.

This unit encourages spatial thinking and understanding of the physical and human environments, explores geographic data sources and focuses on basic skills in spatial data analysis. Topics:data sources, spatial data analysis, map construction, GPS, image classification, change detection, cartographic modelling and demographic data sets and analysis.

Practical work includes exercises and a minor team-based or individual research project.

On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

  1. have an operational familiarity with GIS and remote sensing having worked through several example exercises
  2. use your skill and understanding of the subject to undertake modest projects using GIS and remote sensing.
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Practical 1 — Practical Test (10%)
  • Project — individual or two students (20%)
  • Report1 — GIS 1 (10%)
  • Report2 — GIS 2 (10%)
  • Report3 — GIS 3 (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Software required: The latest Idrisi GIS and image processing software. OUA students wishing to use the GIS software will need to purchase a student license copy of the Idrisi software. You can purchase a one-year timed license for the full software including full electronic documentation for US$39. Detail of how to purchase the software is set out on the last page of the unit information and learning guide (on the unit LMS).

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction/Cartographic Models
2What is GIS?/ Data Models
3Data Formats and Types - Databases/Census Data
4Coordinate Systems/Georeferencing
5Spatial Analysis Tools
6Introduction to Remote Sensing
7Image Pre-processing and Transformations
8Image Classification
10Errors & Uncertainty
11Landscape Ecology
12Multiple Criteria Evaluation
13Change Detection - Time Series
14Hyperspectral Remote Sensing - mineralogy
15Spatial Data Best Practices - Industry Applications
16Remote Sensing of Aquatic Systems
17Ningaloo Case Study
18Monitoring Invasive Weed Species Case Study
19How to Get Data, Mobile GIS, Making a Map
20Other Remote Sensing Instruments and Applications
21Software Options

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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