Fundamentals of GIS

Subject 451-610 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours practical exercises; Non-contact time commitment: 96 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr S Winter
Subject Overview: Introduction to the information society and information management; definition of GIS; overview of the range of GIS applications; the use of GIS for decision making; integration of GIS with other technologies; geographic referencing methods; geographic data structures and models; relationships between geographic features; database definition and modelling; introduction to the technology associated with GIS; data collection, manipulation, modelling, analysis and display; GIS and the Internet; and future trends in GIS.
Assessment: A written exam consisting of a mid-semester test of 30 minutes (10%) and a 3-hour written examination at the end of semester (45%). Weekly assignments with practical exercise reports of about 4 pages length, equally weighted (45%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On successful completion, students should have:
  • gained a knowledge of the range of GIS applications
  • become familiar with the basic principles and procedures associated with GIS
  • an understanding of the fundamental role of GIS in decision making
  • developed basic practical skills in the use of GIS software
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems
Graduate Diploma in Geomatics Science
Master of Applied Science (Geographic Information Systems)
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Science (Engineering Management)
Master of Engineering Science (Utilities Management)
Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Utilities Management

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