Applications of GIS

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applications of GIS

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a blend of computer mapping and database technologies used to store, manage, analyse and display geographic data. This subject introduces students to this exciting technology and provides them with the skills and knowledge to solve everyday problems facing our built and natural environments. Students who complete this subject will have developed knowledge that is immediately applicable in the workplace. The subject also lays the foundations for more advanced studies in the field of geomatics and spatial information systems.
    Application areas of GIS, and related data sets and operations, are presented. In parallel, students train in computer labs the use of GIS for data integration, analysis and mapping, inspired by the applications presented.
    Having completed this subject the student is expected to:
    Explain the basic principles and procedures associated with GIS
    Demonstrate practical skills such as understanding data format, data collection, data entry and modification, projection systems, basic spatial and 3D analysis and finally concept of visualization in the use of GIS software
    Describe how GIS can be applied in a range of situations, such as urban planning, site selection, environmental management, facilities and network management, and many more
    Explain the particular role that GIS plays in decision making for problem solving purposes
    Use GIS software for spatial analysis in a range of applications such as emergency management, urban development, land administration.
    3 small computer practicals equivalent to 1000 words total, each requiring 13 hours of work (total 40%). Due monthly during teaching period. Associated with Intended Learning Outcome (ILOs) 1, 2, 3 and 5.
    3-hour examination held in the end of semester examination period (60%), associated with ILOs 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.