Geospatial Science for Engineers - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Surveying assignment (20%) , Assignment 2 - GIS assignment (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The unit provides a practical background to the use of geographic information systems and basic surveying in the practice of civil engineering. Geographic Information Systems are used in an enormous range of applications where there is geographic data to be stored, queried, analysed and displayed. 

The unit incorporates working with maps, coordinate systems, projections, spatial analysis, raster and vector data and database systems. Familiarisation with GIS software (ArcGIS), including generation maps, interpretation and analysis and tabular outputs using data from urban planning, transport planning, demography, environmental and civil engineering studies will be taught. 

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop reading and interpretation of a range of local, national and global maps and be familiar with key concepts such as scale, latitude and longitude, map projections, vertical and horizontal datums and coordinates
  2. examine the basics of surveying, cartography, remote sensing and GIS to recognise their practical applications and limitations particularly in relation to an appreciation of accuracy and precision and the relationship between engineering design and survey measurement
  3. work in a team environment to assemble and present information on surveying methodologies and their application within an engineering context
  4. perform an elementary GIS analysis within a civil engineering setting, communicate a solution through a map and written format and then critically reflect upon the process to further professional development.
  • Assignment 1 — Surveying assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — GIS assignment (35%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Test (45%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended

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 to surveying/levelling
2Levelling applications/angle measurement
3Distance measurement/traversing/surveying computations
4Areas and volumes/curves in road design
5Construction site surveying
6Introduction to GIS, data models & data types - Pt. 1
7Data models & data types - Pt. 2, coordinate systems
8Spatial data processing, census data analysis
9Geo coding and network analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Virtual Classroom

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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