Advanced Topics in GIScience

Subject GEOM90016 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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 of seminar
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the following subject is required:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Prof Stephan Winter


Assoc Prof Stephan Winter

Subject Overview:

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the science behind geographic information technology. It addresses fundamental questions of capturing, maintaining and communicating about space and time at geographic scale in an interdisciplinary manner, involving philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics, logics, geography and artificial intelligence. This subject will introduce into GIScience by studying selected advanced topics. It is run as a seminar, such that students will read and discuss during the semester some landmark papers of the discipline and focus on active research areas at the University of Melbourne. Attendance of research higher degree students will enrich the discussions by linking the topics to their current research. Students will gain an overview and significant insight into the way of thinking in GIScience, how to collaborate with researchers in this discipline, or about career pathways


On successful completion the students will be able to:

  • Identify and define fundamental theories of geographic space and geographic information
  • Read and discuss critically research papers and research methodologies
  • Classify and interpret current research in Geographic Information Science

  • Discussion document about one paper of about 1000 words (25%)
  • An oral introduction of this paper in a seminar session (10%)
  • Over the semester weekly written reviews of the class discussion of about 200 words (totals 25%)
  • Participation in at least 8 seminars is required to pass the subject
  • End of semester essay of 3000 words with a 24hour turnaround (40%)
Prescribed Texts: Variable reading lists of research papers, handed out at the beginning of the semester
Recommended Texts: TBA
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 should have the:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Course(s): Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Spatial Information Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Geomatics)

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