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GES3820 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Environmental Management

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Jim Peterson


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


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. Cases studies and hands-on practice allow students to gain experience in the use of GIS in environmental management.


Students successfully completing this unit will be able to


Practicals (computer exercises) : 50%
Projects (2500-word project reports) : 50%
Practicals and projects will be conducted by using a free trial version of ArcGIS (GIS software), which can be obtained from ESRI company. Students are required to obtain the trial version and have access to a PC and network for the duration of the unit.


First year Geography sequence