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SLE239 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
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Unit chair:

Daniel Ierodiaconou





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Contact hours:

Cloud (online): 3 x 1 hour online seminars per week.  Optional 1 x 8 hour support session at Burwood campus in the intra-trimester break.


Geographic Information Systems are increasingly being used across a range of fields including environmental research, monitoring, and management as well as public health, urban planning, mining, infrastructure management etc. This unit aims to provide students with important theory and basic skills in GIS including data acquisition, storage, analysis and presentation; and basic competency in commonly-used GIS software.

The unit introduces the basic principles of GIS, and includes both theoretical and practical components. The unit covers basic mapping theory, data display and manipulation, simple spatial analysis, and the application of GIS to environmental research and monitoring.  Students will achieve basic competency in the use of widely-used GIS software through practical exercises.


3 x GIS skills assessment (20% each) 60%, scientific report using spatial data and priority assessment techniques 40%

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