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SLE239 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Daniel Ierodiaconou





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin (3 x 1 hour seminar per week). Intensive: Students can attend an optional 4 hours per day x 5 days at the Burwood, Waterfront or Warrnambool campus in the intra-trimester break to receive face-to-face support in utilising and completing modules in GIS software.


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 assignments (20% each) 60%, final project 40%

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