Cartography and Spatial Analysis
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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.
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.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
- 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.
The final grade might be scaled to ensure that the distribution of the class grades is reasonably consistent with other papers.
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.
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|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Seven computer laboratory exercises||
|2. Ten multi-choice quizzes||
19 Jun 2020
|3. A project report||
12 Jun 2020
|4. Final test||
19 Jun 2020
Required and Recommended Readings*
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:
- Albrecht, J. (2007). Key concepts & techniques in GIS.Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/book/sageukgis
- Clarke, G., & Stillwell, J. (2003). Applied GIS and spatial analysis. (pp. 420 p.). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/0470871334
- 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
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.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: ENVP207, GEOG228