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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Xuan Zhu and Lauren Costello


This unit introduces basic principles, methods, techniques and applications of geographical information science (GIS). Topics cover the concept and nature of geographical or spatial data and information, the particular ways of spatially representing the real world, the principles of associating physical and socio-economic phenomena with geographical locations, the methods for visualizing spatial patterns and processes, the basic statistical techniques for spatial data analysis, and geographical information systems. It equips students with fundamental knowledge and skills in constructing, managing, analyzing, integrating and communicating spatial data and information.


  1. To introduce basic concepts and principles of geographical information science;
  2. To develop knowledge in methods and techniques of geographical information science, including mapping, spatial statistical analysis, spatial data manipulation and analysis in geographical information systems;
  3. To develop skills and competency in basic methods of spatial data handling using geographical information technology through hands-on practicals;
  4. To provide a flavor of the breadth and depth of applications of geographical information science and technology.


Two written assignments: 10% each
Practical work: 40%
2 hour written exam: 40%.

Chief examiner(s)

Xuan Zhu

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, and one 3-hour practical per fortnight

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)