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) develop a basic knowledge of the operation of GIS software and data, and how it is used in a range of disciplines; (2) understand core spatial concepts including scale, projections, interactions and interdependence; (3) organise and analyse geographic data using a range of techniques including basic proximity analysis and spatial statistics; and (4) understand the principles of spatial data presentation and communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1–short report using GIS; (2) assignment 2–report using GIS; and (3) a final examination. 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)
Dr Eloise Biggs
Unit rules
36 points of prior study
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
Contact hours
lecture-tutorial: 1 x 2-hours per week; computer labs: 1 x 2 hours per week,
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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