Geographical Information Systems
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Computer Info Systems, Environmental Studies, Field Component, Geography
Taught In English
STAT1201 or GEOM1000 or GEOS1300 or GN106
Course Level Recommendations
Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course provides students with a foundation in the science and technology of geographical information systems (GIS). GIS science focuses on ways to describe and explain geographical patterns and processes. GIS technology focuses on data modelling, databases and map visualisation. The course provides GIS application skills in fields such as ecology, environmental management, marine and earth sciences and physical geography, and provides laboratory sessions for students to apply GIS for practical problem solving in these fields.*This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 hours Lecture, 2 hours Practical & 1 Day Field TripAssessmentPractical Exercises (practicals from weeks 1-8)Type: Problem Set/sLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8Due Date: Throughout SemesterWeight: 20%Task Description: Eight short GIS exercises related to each of the eight practical classes in weeks 1-8. Each exercise will be due one week after the associated practical so due dates will depend on the practical session that you are allocated to.Online Quiz (lectures from weeks 1-4)Type: Online QuizLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 8Due Date: Mid SemesterWeight: 7.5%Reading: 0 minutesDuration: 60 minutesFormat: Multiple-choice, Problem solvingTask Description: 20 online multiple choice and problem solving questions based on material from the lectures and readings from weeks 1-4.Online Quiz (lectures from weeks 5-8)Type: Online QuizLearning Objectives Assessed: 4, 5, 8Due Date: Mid-Late SemesterWeight: 7.5%Reading: 0 minutesDuration: 60 minutesFormat: Multiple-choice, Problem solvingTask Description: 20 online multiple choice and problem solving questions based on material from the lectures and readings from weeks 5-8.GIS Project ReportType: Project ReportLearning Objectives Assessed: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8Due Date: End of SemesterWeight: 30%Task Description: During weeks 9 - 13 you will work on a land-use planning project using GIS. You will then be required to write up a short report on what you did and submit this report for assessment. The report will be a maximum of 2,500 words. More details will be provided prior to and during the field trip.ExamType: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Due Date: Examination PeriodWeight: 35%Reading: 10 minutesDuration: 90 minutesFormat: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Problem solvingTask Description: The exam will consist of 30 multiple choice and 8 short answer/problem solving questions on the lectures and readings from weeks 1 - 13.
- Describe and explain how spatial locations and objects are represented in a GIS
- Identify, interpret and apply methods for GIS data capture and management
- Identify, interpret and apply methods for spatial mapping and visualistion using GIS
- Describe and explain how data are organised and queried in a GIS
- Identify, interpret and apply methods for spatial data analysis using GIS
- Identify, interpret and apply methods for decision-making using GIS
- Integrate GIS methods to solve geographical problems
- Evaluate a broad range of applications of GIS and the current and future roles that GIS technology plays in society
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