Foundations of Spatial Information

Subject GEOM90008 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

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:

Spatial information is ubiquitous in decision making. Be it in urban planning, in traffic management, in wayfinding, in issues of environment and sustainability, or in economic contexts: the question of where is a fundamental one. Spatial information is also special in many respects, such as its dimensionality, volume, or a phenomenon called autocorrelation. We will discuss representations and analysis of this information in spatial information technologies from location-based services to geographic information systems. Topics addressed are observing the environment; spatial and spatiotemporal data representations, spatial analysis and spatial communication.


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 Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Science (Geography)
Master of Spatial Information Science
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Forests

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