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 structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

Students may be required to take up to 24 points of conversion units from this group or select units in consultation with the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT3363Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
6 Points Unit ENVT2250 Ecology (ID 1228) Or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ID 1293) Or SCIE2204 Marine Systems (ID 1524)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/discussion groups: equivalent to 2 hours per week
S1, S2GEOS4499Water in a Changing Climate
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 x 4 hour workshop per week for 8 weeks
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.

Take all unit(s) (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT4408GIS Programming
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Unit ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications (ID 2041) Or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
Incompatibility:
Nil
42 hours
S1ENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Unit ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications (ID 2041) Or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
Incompatibility:
Nil
42
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
 ENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
S2ENVT5566Advanced Spatial and Environmental Modelling
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems or (ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes or ENVT55662 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience or ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration or ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites or ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks ) or Master of Professional Engineering (62550) specialisation Environmental Engineering.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
total of 150 hours

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOG5011Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in one of the following units: GEOG5550 Research Design, SOCS5003 Research Design, MIXD4001 Designing Social Research or MIXD5005 Designing Social Research and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOG5012Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOG5013Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 3
Prerequisites:
MIXD5005 Designing Social Research GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1 GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOG5014Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
GEOG5013 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
Incompatibility:
SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal, SCIE5511 Science Research Project Part 1, SCIE5512 Science Research Project Part 2, SCIE5513 Science Research Project Part 3
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.

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:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science (ID 1395)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S1AGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science (ID 1395)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days full-time
N/AAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: two x 3 hours sessions per week over 7 weeks
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) Or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3361 Animal Ecology (ID 1294) Or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (ID 1290) Or SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to four days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, up to 100 of which are contact hours.
 BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ECON5001Economic Development in Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials/labs: 4 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (72510) or Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71570) or Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 4 hours per fortnight; tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight for 10 weeks
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
 ENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine Processes
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology (ID 168) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 3 hours per week; field trip: one week in week 6
N/AENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher, or approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
 ENVT5510Soil Dynamics
S2GEOG4001Migration and Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 5 hours per week for 8 weeks (block taught with a 2-hour teaching block, followed by a break of at least 1 hour, then a 3-hour teaching block—all on the same day)
S2GEOG5002Development Practice
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/in-class workshops: 5 hours per week (for 9 weeks); reading/ researching/writing: 13 hours per week (for 8 weeks)
 GEOG5003Resource Extraction and Regional Development
S1GEOG5004Place-based and Participatory Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/in-class workshops: 2 x 2 hours per week (for 9 weeks); reading/researching/writing: 10 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
N/AGEOG5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
2 hours per week
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Either Unit PLNG4402 Planning Law (ID 1878) Or Unit PLNG4404 Statutory Planning (ID 1880)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
S1, S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
N/APLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
Prerequisites:
At least 24 points at masters level 4 or level 5 including any two Master of Urban and Regional Planning units, or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
3 contact hours per week, further details available in the unit outline
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One day a week over six weeks.
S1PLNG5512Regional Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Three face-to-face (2-hour) lectures before, and one (2-hour) lecture after the four-day field trip to be held in February. (Charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NSPOLS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 18 hours
N/APOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 18 hours
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks—theory is provided by the unit coordinators and guest speakers; tutorials: 2 hour per week for 12 weeks—students present cases of bogus and corrupted science in classes, discuss further the material covered in the seminars, and are asked to support their learning with examples of their choice, thus guaranteeing a multidisciplinary flavour to this unit. The advanced academic training and research experience required of the postgraduate and honours students attending this unit provide the grounds for scholarly and informed discussions during the tutorials.
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
7 hours per week for 6 weeks
NSSOCS5672Global Development Debates
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
POLS5672 Global Development Debates
seminars: 18 hours

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

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent

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 of Science, or equivalent, 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 which is calculated based on—

(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.