GEOGY328-21A (NET)

Geographical Information Systems

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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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.

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Paper Structure

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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 additional hours 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 paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course students are expected to be able to:

    • 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.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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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.
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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
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Ten multi-choice quizzes
11 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. A project poster
11 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. A final test
11 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
30
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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. Lab data, and GIS software is available from the following Google Drive folder:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5GMoUGp6hdFcVM5UWtkaVg2Tk0

For NET students, and 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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Workload

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You can expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. This consist of 24 hours of lectures and 20 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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This paper is co-taught with GEOG558
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Restricted papers: GEOG328

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