Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course allows for the development of technical and research skills applicable to a range of disciplines relying on the use of spatial analytic techniques. It provides for a grounding in both theory and application, equipping students with the skills necessary to compete in the spatial industry.

The course covers applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies, cartography and geovisualisation, and spatial programming. Therefore, graduates are competent in advanced GIS computing skills, GIS and remote sensing operations, and implementation and management of GIS projects.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MGISc
Course code
71570
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
083877D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Geographic Information Science has the following exit awards: 73270 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (24 points) (24 points), 73370 Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Bryan Boruff
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

bryan.boruff@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students may be required to take up to 24 points of conversion units from this group or select units in consultation with the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ENVT3363Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1GEOS4499Catchment Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all unit(s) (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ENVT4408GIS Programming
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all unit(s) (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2GEOG5011Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Prerequisites:
the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their undergraduate major (these units must be relevant to the masters' specialisation); or the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5012Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5013Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
Prerequisites:
GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1 and GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Co-requisites:
GEOG5014 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5014Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4
Co-requisites:
GEOG5013 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points of which at least 18 points (3 units) must be taken at Level 5. For student in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
S2AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ECON5001Contemporary Issues in Economic Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (72510) or Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71570)
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
Incompatibility:
ENVT4405 Development of Rural Areas
NSGEOG5002Development Practice
NSGEOG5003Resource Extraction and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based and Participatory Development
S1GEOG5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
Incompatibility:
SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Urban and Regional Planning Honours (HON-URPLN) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) enrolment in the Master of Landscape Architecture (25550)
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510) or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science and PLNG5405 Special unit: Principles of Urban and Regional Economics
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
S2PLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
Prerequisites:
At least 24 points at masters level 4 or level 5 including any two Master of Urban and Regional Planning units, or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
Prerequisites:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis or PLNG5411 Urban and Regional Analysis or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or honours in the Faculty of Science
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73270 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (24 points)
  • 73370 Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geographic Information Science course before completing it, but after having completed 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including at least 2 core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Geographic Information Science course before completing it, but after having completed 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including at least 4 core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in Science, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.