Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems
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This paper will introduce students briefly to graphical models (Model Builder) but focuses mainly on Python programming for automated GIS analysis. The assessment consists of six lab exercises and a project whereby students apply automated spatial analysis to an application of their choice. The paper is taught as a block course and consists of five days of supported learning in a computer lab plus additional time working independently to complete labs and the project – see schedule below for the dates.
While learning how to automate GIS, students will also be gaining an understanding of GIS functions and data sets. An important part of the paper will be to gain confidence in GIS for a range of applications in both human and physical geography. The best way to learn programming is to actually do hands on programming, so this course is taught in a computer lab. There will be brief discussion in the lab and then you are expected to work on the labs exercises.
Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge in programming. Through a sequence of intermediate steps students will be shown how to build a series of GIS functions that can be executed automatically. This can then be applied repeatedly for different data sets and areas.
This paper will be taught in KB.04 over 5 days and then students will have additional time to finish lab exercises and complete the project. You need a swipe card to access this lab, which is obtained first by visiting the FASS reception and then Campus Security. Class will go from 9am to 12 midday and 1pm to 5pm.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
- Use Python code and model builder to develop GIS applications.
- Identify suitable GIS applications.
- Critically assess GIS limitations and impacts on society.
- Use GIS as a research tool and to manage a GIS project, including the presentation of results.
- Conduct independent research and to communicate results.
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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At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Six labs 5% each||
17 Jul 2020
|2. Project Proposal||
17 Jul 2020
|3. Project Poster||
21 Aug 2020
|4. Project Script||
21 Aug 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:
- Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python cookbook over 75 recipes to help you automate geoprocessing tasks, create solutions, and solve problems for ArcGIS with Python / (ebook found at: http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/detail.action?docID=10672351
- 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
Other GIS books worth reading are:
- Longley , Goodchild, Maguire, and Rhind 2005 Geographic Information Systems and Science. John Wiley and Sons. Call Number: G70.212 .G44 2005
- Jones, Christopher B. Geographical information systems and computer
cartography. Harlow: Longman, 1997. Call Number: GA102.4.E4J65 1997The library also has the following Journal: International journal of geographical information science : IJGIS. London ; Washington, DC : Taylor & Francis, c1997- Call Number: G70.2.I61
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: GEOG328 or GEOGY328 or GEOG558 or GEOGY558
Restricted papers: GEOG538