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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Flexible)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Xuan Zhu Clayton, Dr Billy Kariaga SAfrica


Previously coded GES3810, GES3820


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 work: 25% (2500 words)
Practicals: 50%
2 Hour Exam: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Xuan Zhu

Contact hours

One 2hr lecture and one 3hr practical per week

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

Sustainability, environment and society
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Geographical science


First year Geography sequence