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SLE239 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Year:

2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

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

SQE239

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Daniel Ierodiaconou
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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

Content

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.

 

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of mapping, coordinate systems and data acquisition; GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Explain how Geographic Information Systems can be applied to environmental research, monitoring and management GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving 

ULO3

Demonstrate skills in the collection, storage
manipulation, integration, and presentation of spatial data
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
GIS skills assessments  Three GIS skills assessment written reports including spatial analysis 60% (3 x 20%) Weeks 3,6 and 11
Scientific report using spatial data and priority assessment techniques Written report (4-6 pages), and visual documentation 40% Week 9

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE239 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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