Spatial Databases

Subject 451-666 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (2 hours lecture per week, 2 hours practical per week (10 weeks); Non-contact time commitment: 96 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 451-610: Fundamentals of GIS or an equivalent subject
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.

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Dr Matt Duckham
Subject Overview: The topics covered in this subject will include: the fundamentals of spatial databases; spatial data modelling including entity-relationship and object-oriented data models; indexes and access methods including B-trees, quadtrees, and R-trees; and query languages and query processing.
Assessment: Three-hours of written examinations (60% in total) and the equivalent of 3000-words of written assignments and reports on practical work during the semester (40%).
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 of this subject, students should be able to:
  • understand the principles of spatial databases and techniques for using databases for efficiently storing, retrieving, and updating spatial data
  • develop database designs for a spatial applications
  • query spatial and non-spatial database systems
  • use and customise specific spatial and non-spatial database systems
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 Geographic Information Technology

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