Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Claudia Holgate


Previously coded GES1004


This unit aims to equip students with basic geographical techniques required to understand, interpret and synthsise information on the world around us. It deals with the understanding of spatial representation of data used in geography and the use of this data for understanding the socio-economic and biophysical environment. This includes the use of topographical mapping, Geographic information systems, remote sensing and aerial photography. It provides a foundation for advanced studies in geography by providing basic research methodology skills for both qualitative and quantitative research.


Upon satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to

  1. Understand and interpret information from topographical maps, aerial photographs and satellite images as well as acquire basic GIS skills.
  2. represent geographic phenomena on a two-dimension space
  3. Be able to synthesise and interpret relevant material and to communicate ideas to others in a coherent manner, by either written or verbal means.


Written (1000 words): 20%
2 hour examination (2000 words): 40%
Oral presentation (400 words): 10%
Practical and tutorial assessments (1100 words): 30%

Contact hours

One one-hour lecture and a three-hour tutorial/practical per week

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

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)