ENVPL202-18B (HAM)

Cartography and Spatial Analysis

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Social Sciences


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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), which is a computer based system used for cartography and spatial analysis. Key concepts associated with GIS and cartography will be covered, including the use of remote sensing and working with images. At the end of this course, students will be capable of compiling a comprehensive description of any urban place using a wide range of spatial data sources.This description will involve maps, graphs, and statistical tables to show the overall land-use context of the region surrounding each town as well as information on the current population and future trends. ArcGIS and Excel will be the main software programs used for this data visualization and analysis. Students will be expected to think critically about cartography and spatial statistics.

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Paper Structure

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This course runs for one semester, and involves a final test. Most teaching weeks will involve lectures, online videos, a quiz, and a computer lab exercise. You are expected to work in your own time experimenting with the GIS software, reading, and reviewing notes.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate
    • an understanding of the key concepts in spatial analysis for planning;
    • skills in graphic presentation and communication;
    • the ability to apply basic spatial analysis techniques to geographic data;
    • knowledge of related spatial analysis techniques like remote sensing;
    • the ability to undertake basic fieldwork for planning data collection;
    • a critical awareness of the limitations of spatial technologies.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The final grade might be scaled to ensure that the distribution of the class grades is reasonably consistent with other papers.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Seven computer laboratory exercises
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Ten multi-choice quizzes
26 Oct 2018
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. A project report
5 Oct 2018
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final test
26 Oct 2018
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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The central library contains many books and journals on GIS. It is recommended that you read a general text book on GIS. The following ebooks are available:

  • Crampton, J. W. (2010). Mapping: a critical introduction to cartography and GIS [ebook]. Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from Wiley-Blackwell Online Books.
  • Fazal, S. (2008). GIS basics.Retrieved from ebrary database
  • Galati, S. R., & ebrary Inc. (2006). Geographic information systems demystified [ebook].Retrieved from ebrary database
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Online Support

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Lectures will be videoed and available through Moodle. Some library resources are available online. Due to the nature of this technical paper, support is provided in person mostly in the labs. Lecture PowerPoints, lab instructions, lab data, and GIS software is available from the following Google Drive folder:


For students who are unable to attend the labs, a virtual lab support will be provided through Zoom, which is a video conferencing facility. The address for the Zoom site is: https://waikato.zoom.us/j/6568656610Personal Meeting ID 656-865-6610. Additional information on the scheduling of these virtual meetings will be provided at the start of the semester.

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You can expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. This consist of 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of supported lab time. You are expected to also work in the labs during your own time as well as do additional reading and assessment preparation.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENVP207, GEOG228

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