Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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, analyse and accurately present geospatial data in a map format, and critically reflect upon the process for the purpose of professional development
  4. perform an elementary GIS analysis, communicate a solution through map and written formats, and critically reflect upon the process for the purpose of professional development.
    • Introduction to surveying/levelling
    • Levelling applications/angle measurement
    • Distance measurement/traversing/surveying computations
    • Areas and volumes/curves in road design
    • Construction site surveying
    • Introduction to GIS, data models & data types - Pt. 1
    • Data models & data types - Pt. 2, coordinate systems
    • Spatial data processing, census data analysis
    • Geo coding and network analysis
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  • USA-ENG-DEG-2019

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.

The subject provides an integrated understanding of modern geospatial technologies emphasising their application to the study of natural and built environments. Special emphasis is placed on the technology of Geographical Information Systems.

The subject incorporates a broad overview of mapping, surveying, cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), remote sensing and geospatial technology integration.

  • Individual computer-based GIS (35%)
  • Group manual GIS (20%)
  • Test (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

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