Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
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Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of GIS, mapping, and automated mapping software;
- demonstrate autonomy and well developed judgement to list and carry out common GIS analysis functions; and
- demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the subject by linking GIS analysis capabilities to real life applications.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Course Observation and the Final Examination for this subject.
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It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their subjects.
UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at: http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
This unit introduces students to the relatively new and rapidly expanding field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students will develop practical skills for analysing, visualising and synthesising spatial data, and the principles for applying these skills to real-world problems. Subject matter includes: understanding spatial data properties and application, map design and projection, digitising, georeferencing, spatial and surface analysis. GIS is a common and widely used tool in ecology, wildlife management, geology, environmental planning, resource modelling, and urban and regional planning. Adding GIS skills to your undergraduate or graduate program can help you get a job, or can help you delve into new areas of research. EM534 is based on the undergraduate unit EM334 with additional load consisting of extra questions on assignments and examinations; candidates for EM534 are expected to demonstrate a greater level of understanding of the unit material than that required for EM334.
Essay: 1600 words Practical: all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3
- Essay (20%)
- Practical (0%)
- Practical Report (20%)
- Project (20%)
- Final Examination (40%)