Geographic Information Systems

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geographic Information Systems

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Environmental Studies, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite: 2204ENV Applied Statistics or 2204EAS Applied Statistics or 2291ENV Experimental Design and Statistics Incompatible: 3047ENV Geographic Information Systems; 3047EVP Geographic Information Systems; 2205EAS Geographic Information Systems.
    Assumed Background:
    Prior knowledge about Windows operating system (file management), database software or some experience with image processing and/or CAD software would be helpful but are not a pre-requisite for enrolment.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces students to the principles of geographically referenced data management systems. Lab classes are based on ArcView and special ArcView Tools software. Students are expected to be computer literate (skills in EXCEL spreadsheets and file management). Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to compile map layers linked to data files, analyse georeferenced data and produce two dimensional thematic maps. Advised

    Course Introduction
    The continiously increasing amount of spatially referenced data has made knowledge and experience with the principle concepts of GIS software an essential skill for planners and environmental scientists working for government or private enterprise. This course will provide students with a first introduction to an increasingly complex and rapidly developing suite of software and spatial data products. As much as possible, students will obtain first hand practial experience using ESRI ArcGIS software. A key component of the course is the assignment where students will apply and test their skills while completing a small real world GIS project outside the ESRI web-assisted learning modes. The main aims of this course are to:
    provide graduates in environmental science with one of the key requirements for graduate positions;
    raise the student's awareness about the potential and, also, the dangers of using and processing spatially referenced data with GIS; and strongly encourage further development of acquired skills as part of future projects.

    Course Aims
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are essential tools for the management, analysis and presentation
    of spatially referenced data. This course addresses concepts and methodology of GIS, technical and
    organisational issues, as well as practical applications in environmental sciences and planning. GIS is a
    very important tool as we live in an age of digital spatial technology. Both public and private businesses are rapidly becoming dependent on GIS in their use of spatial digital data and information. With rapidly developing technology and the national spatial data infrastructure, universities are compelled to educate students in GIS and to enable them to access, use and develop this technology in their fields. The aim of this course is to introduce students to GIS.
    Specifically, this course attempts to:
    - provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations of GIS, introducing the concepts, terms
    and issues involved in the various applications of GIS;
    - discuss the methodological implications of GIS usage in research and planning;
    - demonstrate the field of GIS applications with relevance to the study programs involved ;
    - enhance the awareness of social and economic effects of the usage of GIS technology;
    - offer an opportunity to learn the usage of selected GIS program modules and extensions in practical exercises by
    providing students with basic skills required for undertaking GIS operations using commonly
    used GIS hardware and software; and
    - provide exposure to various applications of GIS so that it serves as a foundation for more
    advanced GIS courses.

    Wherever possible, the course will make use of case studies from Australia and overseas.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1.1 produce digital maps, taking into account requirements/aspects of map projections, scale, the nature of cartographic objects, topology and cartographic presentation
    1.2 understand and apply relational database designs, including data normalisation and entity modelling
    1.3 conduct elementary spatial analyses, including overlay analysis, attribute queries and spatial interpolations

    2. SKILLS
    2.1 digitise maps, create maps from digital data and ensure correct topology
    2.2 create attribute data and link it to map data
    2.3 perform overlays, buffers and make logical queries using relevant GIS software
    2.4 work effectively in a small team to produce professional documents (maps)

    Assessment Plan
    Test or quiz - Four Quizzes (on-line in-class) 30%/10
    Exam - selected and constructed responses - Final Exam 35%/100
    Assignment - Practice-based Assignment - Assignment 35%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.