ENVT4408 GIS Programming

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Spatial professionals are increasingly required to automate their work and share their well-documented methodologies. Once the domain of computer scientists the automation of geoprocessing workflows can now be readily scripted by geographers and other spatial specialists. Geographic Information System software developers are creating well documented packages of tools that can be used by spatial analysts to automate repetitive workflows and manipulate increasingly ‘big' data sets. One of the most commonly used programming languages for data manipulation and processing is Python, which can be easily grasped by novice programmers, whilst providing the flexibility to develop high end analytical tools.

In short, the goal of this unit is to develop a basic understanding of the Python 2.7 programming language and how it can be used within the ArcGIS Desktop environment to automate geoprocessing workflows and manipulate spatial data.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the Python 2.7 programming language; (2) apply existing geoprocessing tools to a range of spatial data types; (3) automate common analytic processes through the development of Python scripts; and (4) develop user interfaces for scripts to run within the ArcGIS Desktop environment.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Senior Lecturer Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Contact hours
42 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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