Applications of GIS

Subject 451-217 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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

one 2-hour lecture per week and three 2-hour practicals per week.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of lectures and practicals
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours, including non-contact time.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Abbas Rajabifard


Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard
Subject Overview:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a blend of computer mapping and database technologies used to store, manage, analyse and display geographic data. This subject introduces students to this exciting technology and provides them with the skills and knowledge to solve everyday problems facing our built and natural environments.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • explain the basic principles and procedures associated with GIS;
  • demonstrate practical skills such as understanding data format, data collection, data entry and modification, projection systems, basic spatial and 3D analysis and finally concept of visualization in the use of GIS software;
  • describe how GIS can be applied in a range of situations, such as urban planning, site selection, environmental management, facilities and network management, and many more;
  • explain the particular role that GIS plays in decision making for problem solving purposes; and
  • use GIS software for spatial analysis in a range of applications such as emergency management, urban development, land administration.
Prescribed Texts: Lecture notes will be available for purchase from the University bookroom.
Recommended Texts: None.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the end of this subject students will have attained:

  • the ability to apply knowledge of basic science fundamentals;
  • the ability to communicate effectively, not only with other scientists but also with the community at large;
  • the ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • the ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
  • an expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so;
  • the capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning; and
  • openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geomatics

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