Spatial Analysis

Subject GEOM90006 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of two hours of lectures per week and 24 hours of laboratories per semester.
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Successful completion of the following is required to enrol in this subject:

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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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh


Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh


Subject Overview:


In this subject students will learn about the foundations of spatial data and their analysis. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to investigate the patterns that arise as a result of processes that may be operating in space. For example, students will learn to identify geographic clusters of disease cases, or hotspots of crime. A variety of scientific tools including probability theory, combinatorics, descriptive statistics, distributions and matrix algebra will be taught. Students will learn essential skills that are fundamental for all applications of geographic information.

The subject partners with other subjects on spatial data management and visualization, and is of particular relevance to people wishing to establish a career in the spatial information industry, the environmental or planning industry. Spatial Analysis builds on the fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics, mathematics, as well as computer literacy to write simple algorithms, and the preparation and management of data for sophisticated analysis software.


Spatial autocorrelation, spatial data structures and algorithms, point patterns, measures of dispersion, measures of arrangements, line and network analysis, patterns of areas and in fields, and the role of spatial scale and spatial aggregation problems.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Describe and discuss data structures and analysis procedures to analyse spatial data
  2. Design and run a spatial analysis appropriate to a given phenomenon
  3. Distinguish and characterise patterns and processes in geographic space
  4. Apply GIS software for spatial analysis, and interpret the results.
  • A 30 minute written mid-semester exam (10%) associated with Intended Learning Outcomes 1 to 3
  • A 2-hour written examination, end of semester (45%) associated with Intended Learning Outcomes 1 to 3
  • Four practical assignment reports of approximately 5 pages length each (500 words plus computer output), due evenly throughout the semester, requiring approximately 55-60 hours in total (45%). Associated with Intended Learning Outcome 4.
Prescribed Texts:

O'Sullivan, D. and Unwin, D.J., 2002. Geographic Information Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

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 apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation


The subject is based principally on presentations by academic lecturers. In addition each student prepares four practical assignment reports. A computer laboratory will be used by students to undertake the tutorials.


Major text book: O'Sullivan, D. and Unwin, D.J., 2002.Geographic Information Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons


Spatial data analysis offers necessary skills to students to work in variety of disciplines such as geomatics, geography, economics, social science, the environmental sciences and statistics.

Related Course(s): Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Spatial Information Science
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Energy Studies
Energy Studies
MIT Spatial Specialisation
Master of Engineering (Spatial)
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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