UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENVT5511 Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Scientists and environmental managers use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool to examine the natural environment, report on dynamic environmental phenomena, and model how the environment responds to natural and human factors. This unit provides advanced skills in the use of GIS as a decisions support tool for environmental management with a focus on environmental spatial data, as well as advanced environmental monitoring and analysis techniques.

Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management will cover topics such as 3D terrain development, hydrologic modelling, habitat analysis, land suitability/capability analysis, and the spatial examination of landscape values. To conduct this work, students will use program coding and/or “off the shelf” model building capabilities found within ArcGIS.

Laboratory assignments will expose students to a range of environmental data as well as requiring them to source their own GIS information and apply analytic techniques demonstrated in lectures. This approach allows students to become independent users of GIS-related data and methods.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop and extend familiarity with new and emerging geographic information systems and GIS technologies in environmental management; (2) expand knowledge of advanced spatial analysis techniques; and (3) develop skills in combining multiple analytic techniques for solving complex environmental problems.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratory portfolio 1; (2) laboratory portfolio 2; and (3) final project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Eloise Biggs
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
Advisable prior study: ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
Contact hours Workload 150 hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENVT5511/TS-TP-2/2017

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