ENVT5504 GIS and the Built Environment

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to ways in which geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to analyse the built environment. This includes the spatial analysis of land use, socioeconomic processes, health, regional development, and urban policy and planning. The unit combines the principles and methods of GIS with the specific disciplinary understandings of the built environment to offer an integrated, spatial perspective on cities and regions. Sample topics include the application of GIS to health and wellbeing in cities and regions; population dynamics; land use change and planning; transport systems; environmental hazards and risk.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how GIS can be applied to understanding patterns and processes shaping the built environments; (2) appreciate the policy relevance of GIS applications for assessing the built environment; and (3) design and implement an analytical strategy for a complex policy-relevant problem in the built environment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) A series of laboratory exercises submitted as a laboratory portfolio and (2) A research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Advisable prior study:
ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
Contact hours
42 hours
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-3_2019]
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