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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Xuan Zhu


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

  • demonstrate sound knowledge and clear understanding of basic principles and techniques of GIS;
  • understand concepts, issues and problems specific to environmental applications of GIS;
  • demonstrate a high level of skill in the use of GIS software in environmental problem solving;
  • develop environmental applications of GIS.


Written assignments:25% (2500 words)
Practicals: 50%
2 Hour exam: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Xuan Zhu

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per fortnight

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

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)


First year Geography sequence