EM334 Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 23 January 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM234 or EM332 or EM534

This Unit uses the web-based software ArcGIS Online for the practical component. Consequently, a reliable internet source is necessary for the successful completion of the Unit. ArcGIS Online is a 'Consumer-grade' GIS Units will be given access to the 'professional-grade' package ArcGIS Desktop which runs on the Windows (TM) environment, for the latter part of the Unit.

Students are expected to be familiar with digital file management as well as productivity software such as Microsoft Office (TM) or similar, particularly Microsoft Excel. Tutorial guidance with Microsoft Excel will be provided.

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/Laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes 9sessions) is mandatory- exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence

Combined Units EM534 - Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
Coordinator(s) Ross Jenkins (rjenkins@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the rapidly evolving field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students will develop broad theoretical skills in GIS, and practical skills for analysing, visualising and synthesising spatial data, and the principles for applying these skills to real-world problems. Subject matter includes understanding spatial data properties and its application, metadata, cartographic principles, data capture and development, and spatial analysis. GIS is a common and widely used tool in agriculture, ecology, wildlife management, geology, environmental planning, resource modelling, urban and regional planning, and archaeology. Adding GIS skills to your undergraduate or graduate program strengthens your career prospects or can help you delve into new areas of research. EM534 is based on the undergraduate unit EM334 with additional load consisting of extra assessment topics with commensurate higher levels of learning outcomes.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Geographic Information Science and Systems

ISBN: 9781118676950
Longley, Paul A., Goodchild, Michael F., Maguire, David J. and Rhind, David W., Wiley 4th ed. 2015

Note: This book is available in digital or paperback format. Either format is permitted.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Geospatial Analysis A Comprehensive Guide to Principles Techniques and Software Tools

ISBN: 9781912556052
de Smith, M., Goodchild, M., Longley, P. and Associates, spatialanalysisonline.com 6th ed. 2018

Note: This book should be obtained as an eBook and is available free of charge from www.spatialanalysisonline.com. Students should ensure they have access to the web-based eBook. You can access as a 60 page PDF preview. There is no need to purchase the PDF copy.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence

Compulsory Practical Report 20% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Reading topic 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Report Format

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3-4

Compulsory Final Exam 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1 & 3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principle features and applications of GIS;
  2. apply spatial technology to solve GIS-based problems;
  3. analyse spatial scenarios and apply solutions to real-world problems; and
  4. evaluate relevant professional documents and synthesise knowledge in a discipline area.