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Unit Overview


Scientists and environmental managers use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and environmental models as tools to examine the natural environment, report on dynamic environmental phenomena, and understand how the environment responds to natural and human factors. This unit provides advanced skills in the use of GIS as a decision support tool for environmental management with a focus on environmental spatial data, as well as advanced environmental modelling and analysis techniques.

This unit covers topics such as 3D terrain development, hydrologic and land use modelling, habitat analysis, land suitability/capability analysis, and the spatial examination of landscape values. To conduct this work, students use program coding and/or 'off the shelf' modelling packages. Laboratory assignments 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 spatial data and methods.

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

Students are able to (1) examine new and emerging geographic information systems and GIS technologies in environmental management; (2) discuss advanced spatial analysis techniques; (3) apply multiple analytic techniques to solve complex environmental problems; and (4) produce model simulations of landscape processes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory portfolio and (2) final project. 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 Bryan Boruff
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
or Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
or Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT5561 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
or Unit(s) ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience
or Unit(s) ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration
or Unit(s) ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
or Unit(s) ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks
or Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Contact hours
total of 150 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.