Applications of GIS

Subject GEOM20013 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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:

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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.

3 hour end of semester written exam (60%), 10 weekly practicals (4% each, 40%)

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:

On the completion of this subject; students will have:

  • 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 Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geomatics
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Physical (Environmental Engineering) Systems

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