Geographical Information Systems
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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a widely used computer technology for organising and analysing information associated with space, which includes land-use, water, environment, people, and primary and service based industries. Consequentially most Government organisations and 100s of private companies employ GIS graduates, including the defence force. This paper will introduce the main concepts of GIS, and provide you with the skills to apply GIS to a range of spatial problems.
The Geographical Information Systems paper runs for one semester, and involves a final test. Most teaching weeks will involve 2 hours theory and 2 hours of computer laboratory work. You are expected to work an additional 9 hours in your own time experimenting with the GIS software, reading, and reviewing notes.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
By the end of this course students are expected to be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
- Describe the key features and functions of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Discuss the capabilities and limitations of GIS
- Describe the mechanics of GIS including database structures and models
- Design and implement a GIS project using GIS software and present this in a scientific poster format
- Perform a range of GIS operations including data input, buffering, geo-referencing, model building and use GIS software for spatial analysis, network analysis, surface modelling, 3-D visualisation, network analysis, and terrain analysis.
Please refer to the additional information on each assessment shown on Moodle.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.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
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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||
11 Jun 2021
|3. A project poster||
11 Jun 2021
|4. A final test||
11 Jun 2021
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. Lab data, and GIS software is available from the following Google Drive folder:
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: GEOG328