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GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Geographical Sciences; Agricultural Science and Technology; Wildlife Conservation; Environmental Science and Management; Marine Science; Agricultural Technology; Environmental Management; Marine and Coastal Processes; Agribusiness and Agricultural Science; Environmental Science and Ecology; Environmental Engineering major sequences
  • Level 2 option in the Human Geography and Planning; Criminology; Environmental Geography and Planning major sequences
  • 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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Alex Saunders
Unit rules
36 points of prior study
Contact hours
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions, together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
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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.