EM533 Spatial Analysis and Modelling

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: 28 May 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
22 June 2020 26 June 2020 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School, which will be delivered online. Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites EM334 or EM234 or EM534 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM333 or EM433
Notes None
Combined Units EM333 - Spatial Analysis and Modelling
EM433 - Spatial Analysis and Modelling
Coordinator(s) Lalit Kumar (lkumar@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Advanced aspects of using GIS for spatial analysis and environmental modelling are the key themes of this subject. The subject will include topics such as: raster data analysis, data merging, overlay principles, intersect and union operations, buffer applications, proximity analysis, terrain analysis including shaded relief views, site suitability analysis and network analysis. These principles will then be used for spatial modelling, including modelling species biodiversity and distribution patterns. The unit will also include a section on mobile GIS and how this technology can be used in natural resources management. Students in EM533 are expected to demonstrate a greater level of understanding.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

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 2, 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 2, 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 Assignment 20% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Practical Activity 20%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Project 20% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Take Home Exam 40% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the principles of spatial analysis and GIS modelling; communicate this knowledge to others using verbal and written formats;
  2. carry out advanced GIS operations and thereby demonstrate the ability to apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice;
  3. demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the subject by applying appropriate GIS methods for problem solving in spatial analysis and modelling; this will also demonstrate an ability to work and think autonomously and generate solutions to complex problems;
  4. demonstrate an awareness of organisational issues of GIS development and implementation; the student will also demonstrate an ability to analyse critically and evaluate appropriate information; and
  5. demonstrate an ability to advance the field of GIS by undertaking research as part of a project to solve environmental problems.