ENVT4408 GIS Programming

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for building and implementing customised geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and geoprocessing functions. The unit is taught in two modules. During the first module, students learn the fundamentals of programming to solve problems in a wide range of disciplines using a high-level programming language. In the second module, students focus on development practices commonly used to integrate, customise, automate and extend desktop GIS technologies.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a generic understanding of how to solve many kinds of problems using programming as a primary tool; (2) become familiar with the different programming languages commonly used in GIS customisation, and how these technologies expand the functionality of existing GIS software; (3) critically evaluate different programming methodologies for applications in a GIS; and (4) conceptualise, plan, implement and communicate the results of an original GIS programming problem.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) content quizzes; (2) laboratory exercises; and (3) final report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Contact hours
42 hours
Unit Outline
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