Geographical Information Systems

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geographical Information Systems

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Environmental Studies, Field Component, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    STAT1201 or GEOM1000 or GEOS1300 or GN106

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This 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 Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Describe and explain how spatial locations and objects are represented in a GIS
    2. Identify, interpret and apply methods for GIS data capture and management
    3. Identify, interpret and apply methods for spatial mapping and visualistion using GIS
    4. Describe and explain how data are organised and queried in a GIS
    5. Identify, interpret and apply methods for spatial data analysis using GIS
    6. Identify, interpret and apply methods for decision-making using GIS
    7. Integrate GIS methods to solve geographical problems
    8. Evaluate a broad range of applications of GIS and the current and future roles that GIS technology plays in society
     
    Class Contact
    2 hours Lecture, 2 hours Practical & 1 Day Field Trip
     
     
    Assessment
    Practical Exercises (practicals from weeks 1-8)
    Type: Problem Set/s
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 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 Quiz
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 8
    Due Date: Mid Semester
    Weight: 7.5%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Problem solving
    Task 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 Quiz
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 4, 5, 8
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 7.5%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Problem solving
    Task Description: 20 online multiple choice and problem solving questions based on material from the lectures and readings from weeks 5-8.
     
     
    GIS Project Report
    Type: Project Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Due Date: End of Semester
    Weight: 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.
     
     
    Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 35%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Problem solving
    Task 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.

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