SLE245 - Marine Geographic Information Systems


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with:

SLE304 and SLE239

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 - campus

1 x 1 hour class per fortnight (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11),

1 x 2 hour practical per fortnight (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour online class per fortnight (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10), 1 x 2 hour online practical per fortnight (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

In-person attendance requirements

Whilst the program will allow for face to face, we have optimised the content as a CloudFirst unit to enable uptake across diverse programs in an option as online mode. Whilst data examples target marine systems the unit will cover the basic theory and practical tasks involved in spatial sciences relevant across diverse disciplines.


SLE245 will provide the understanding of the application of spatial sciences such as GIS and remote sensing techniques and their real world applications focussed on marine systems. The unit will develop employable skills in spatial science, for example, spatial data is increasingly important in decision making for marine planning, conflict management, and sustained monitoring. The unit introduces the basic principles of GIS, and includes both theoretical and practical components. Techniques for data collection, integration, manipulation and spatial analysis are introduced. Practical sessions using PC-based GIS will emphasize applications of spatial science in marine resource management. Students will achieve basic competency in the use of widely- used GIS software through practical exercises. Applying the principles of remote sensing and knowledge of GIS software, students will manipulate GIS layers; collect and correct GPS data, querying and presenting GIS data; analyse spatial and temporal patterns; and identify the role, benefits, limitations and applications of GIS in marine ecosystems. In this unit, students will be required to acquire significant practical and theoretical knowledge of the spatial sciences through extensive problem solving and practical application in geospatial tasks. Students are expected to work independently and as part of collaborative groups to solve problems and present work.

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