Foundations of Spatial Information

Subject GEOM90008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours practicals
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours




Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: Introduction to the foundations of spatial information: observing and abstracting the environment; spatial and spatiotemporal representations, analysis and communication; geographic referencing methods; geographic data structures and models; relationships between geographic features; and the use of spatial information for decision making.

Upon successful completion students will have the ability to:

  • Describe and discuss the process from observing the environment to representing information about the environment
  • Identify and assess fundamental data structures and analysis procedures associated with spatial information
  • Discuss the use of geographic information in decision making
  • Apply basic practical skills in the use of GIS software.
  • A written exam consisting of a mid-semester test of 30 minutes (10%) and a 2-hour written examination at the end of semester (45%).
  • Four practical assignment reports of about 5 pages length each, due evenly throughout the semester (40%), and an oral presentation of 5 minutes at one of the lecture dates (5%).
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 will have the ability to:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Science (Geographic Information Systems)
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Science (Environmental Science)
Master of Science (Geography)
Master of Spatial Information Science
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Forests

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