GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies have advanced rapidly in recent decades, and now provide essential tools for examining both physical and built environments. As core business in a wide range of private, public, government and non-government organisations, increased accessibility to spatial information and spatial analytic techniques has dramatically increased employment opportunities for skilled individuals. This unit moves beyond the fundamentals of GIS to explore in greater depth and breadth, many of the concepts introduced in GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems. The unit focuses on providing student with a broad overview of GIS and Remote Sensing applications, as well as an in-depth examination of how geospatial data is collected, handled, processed and analysed. The unit provides theoretical knowledge and advanced skills needed to use GIS and remote sensing techniques to address pressing social and environmental issues while exploring a range of emerging data collection techniques such as smartphone/tablet data acquisition, micro temperature sensing and UAVs.

The lecture each week focuses on fundamental and emerging geospatial data collection techniques, sampling strategies, appropriate data handling and processing approaches, and applied spatial analytic methods. Students apply these concepts through an investigation of a real-world spatial problem through which in situ and/or remotely sensed geospatial data are collected and analysed during weekly tutorials. Students then conduct an individual innovative GIS/Remote Sensing project the result of which is communicated through a written report and oral seminar.
Students are able to (1) understand fundamental and emerging geospatial data techniques and technologies for a range of biophysical and social applications; (2) gain knowledge and experience in geospatial data collection and analysis techniques fundamental to human and physical geography, environmental sciences and planning; (3) formulate an innovative spatial data collection and analytic approaches to critically assess a real-world spatial problem; and (4) communicate the results of that investigation in both seminar and written forms.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) three quizzes (each worth 10 per cent); (2) laboratory portfolio (tutorial assignments); and (3) geospatial data analysis project (written report and seminar). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; Practical Classes: 1 x 2 hours per week
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