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GES3810 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Environmental Management

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Xuan Zhu Clayton, Dr Billy Kariaga SAfrica


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit introduces GIS for environmental science, and discusses basic principles, techniques and applications of GIS in the field of environmental management and research. It examines and reviews specific environmental application areas where GIS is a useful tool. Subjects covered include basics of GIS, spatial data sources, spatial data quality, spatial data analysis, terrain modelling, hydrological modelling, land suitability modelling, and decision support systems. It also includes the basic principles of remote sensing and the use of satellite imagery. Case studies and hands-on practice allow students to gain experience in the use of GIS in environmental management.


  1. To introduce basic principles and techniques of GIS pertaining to environmental applications;
  2. To provide an introduction to environmental applications of GIS;
  3. To develop knowledge and understanding of concepts, issues and problems specific to environmental applications of GIS through hands-on practical experiences.


Written assignments (2500 words) : 25%
Practicals (including practical test) : 50%
Written exam (2hr) : 25%

Contact hours

One 2hr lecture and one 3hr practical per week


First year Geography sequence