EM534 Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking

Updated: 14 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
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 paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM234 or EM332 or EM334
Notes

The GIS software used in this unit is ESRI ArcGIS (currently version 10.4.1). Students enrolled in the external mode will be provided with software and data for the course. ArcGIS for Desktop has been certified for Windows operating systems and is not certified or supported on the Mac operating system. However, it can be run on a Mac computer using Parallels, VMWare or Bootcamp. Further information regarding computer platforms and system requirements can be found at this link (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-desktop/system-requirements). Please read it carefully.

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

Combined Units EM334 - Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
Coordinator(s) Ross Jenkins (rjenkins@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the relatively new and rapidly expanding field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students will develop 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 application, map design and projection, digitising, georeferencing, spatial and surface analysis. GIS is a common and widely used tool in ecology, wildlife management, geology, environmental planning, resource modelling, and urban and regional planning. Adding GIS skills to your undergraduate or graduate program can help you get a job, or can help you delve into new areas of research. EM534 is based on the undergraduate unit EM334 with additional load consisting of extra questions on assignments and examinations; candidates for EM534 are expected to demonstrate a greater level of understanding of the unit material than that required for EM334.

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
Mandatory

Text(s):

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 and 3, 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 and 3, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 20% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3

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 Reports 20%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Project 20% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4, 5, 6

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

LO: 1-6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the subject by explaining the principles and use the vocabulary of GIS and communicate this to others using verbal and written formats;
  2. describe common analytical capabilities of modern GIS and interpret and transmit this knowledge to a specialist and non-specialist audience;
  3. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the subject by describing the differences between GIS and automated mapping software;
  4. demonstrate autonomy and apply expert judgement and responsibility as a learning or practitioner to list and carry out common GIS analysis functions;
  5. research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice, demonstrating this by linking the GIS analysis capabilities to real life applications; and
  6. demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement and adaptability by applying appropriate GIS methods for problem solving and be aware of organisational issues of GIS development and implementation.