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Unit Overview


Spatial professionals are increasingly required to automate their work and share their well-documented methodologies. This unit introduces students to the concepts and mechanisms available for automating processes in GIS analysis and why this is critical or scalable,flexible and robust analysis workflows. The unit focuses on python, and ESRI AcrGIS, providing foundations in ArcPro, ArcPy, and ModelBuilder. The unit develops automation skills through performing GIS and basic remote sensing analysis, including acquiring accurate and reliable environmental data, the processing and manipulation of remotely sensed information and how those data may be combined with other geospatial data. The unit places emphasis on the process and conceptual workflow required to automate data in a GIS environment. Emphasis is placed on practical training in an effort to make the student competent in automation for a variety of geographic and multidisciplinary applications.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) produce a conceptual workflow for geoprocessing automation; (2) apply existing geoprocessing tools in an automated way to solve a real-world problems; (3) automate common analytic processes through the Python programming language and using

the Python library Arcpy and ESRI workflow process building tool “ModelBuilder”; and (4) effectively communicate outputs of geoprocessing and automation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Content quizzes; (2) laboratory exercises; and (3) interactive Storymap project poster. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sharyn Hickey
Unit rules
Successful completion of
Or Enrolment in
Unit(s) ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Or Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Contact hours
42 hours
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