ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications

6 points
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Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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Everything on the Earth exists in some place and time. Location is an important part of understanding the nature of a phenomenon and its relationships with other aspects of a system. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are now widely accepted as a technology for examining objects and events in space and time, and spatial analysis is an important skill which is required in many disciplines and careers. This unit introduces postgraduate students to GIS, providing training in both the use of the software and the analysis of spatial data. The unit covers the application of GIS in a number of fields/disciplines. Students are introduced to core concepts in GIS and analytical techniques, including spatial sampling, interaction models, and spatial statistics. Students are also provided instruction in the presentation of spatial data and the development of a spatial analytic project from start to finish.

The goal of this unit is to develop an understanding of spatial data and spatial analysis; develop spatial problem-solving abilities; acquire knowledge and skills in GIS across a broad set of applications. Lectures cover fundamentals in the spatial representation of real-world objects, map projections, cartography, data development, and spatial analytic techniques. Laboratories follow lecture/discussions to optimize learning.
Students are able to (1) use different types of spatial data and know how they are developed and analysed; (2) conduct a range of analyses on both vector and raster data sets; and (3) develop new spatial data and combine multiple analyses to solve real world problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory-based exercises; (2) reading questions; and (3) final project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Senior Lecturer Bryan Boruff
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
This unit is delivered twice in two different teaching periods.
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