GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Criminology major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Conservation Biology; Natural Resource Management; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Biology specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Earth specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Management and Commerce, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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. This unit is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of spatial analysis and the application of GIS through understanding theory in lectures and practical problem solving in computer laboratory exercises.
Students are able to (1) recognize different types of spatial data and identify how geographic information is related through space and time using core GIS concepts such as interactivity and interdependency; (2) operate QGIS software to analyse different types of geospatial data; (3) apply a range of spatial processing techniques, including the use of spatial statistics, to assess both vector and raster datasets; and (4) communicate geospatial information using clear and informative mapping approaches that follow fundamental principles of cartography.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short report; (2) full report; and (3) quiz questions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Alex Saunders
Unit rules
36 points of prior study
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending a compulsory 1-hour seminar per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions. Additionally there is a compulsory 2-hour computer practical lab per week for which students will undertake applied use of GIS. Completion of these labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.