UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleMaster of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMGISc
Course code71570
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code083877D
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe 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 required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 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 duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit4 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Bryan Boruff
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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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a major in Agricultural Science; Botany; Conservation Biology; Engineering Science; Environmental Science; Geography; Marine Science; Natural Resource Management; Urban and Regional Planning; or Zoology; or their equivalents as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of up to 24 points, depending on their chosen specialisation, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all unit(s) (36 points):

S1ENVT4408GIS Programming
NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

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

S1, S2GEOG5011Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
S1, S2GEOG5012Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
S1, S2GEOG5013Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5014Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4

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:

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
N/AAGRI4406Integrated Pest Management
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
S2ECON5001Contemporary Issues in Economic Development
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5002Case Studies in Development Practice
NSGEOG5003Mining and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
S1PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice
N/APLNG4403Planning and Governance
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
NSPOLS5672Critical Perspectives in International Development
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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 Social 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.