EAE3012 - Geographical information systems and remote sensing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Dr Xuan Zhu

Not offered in 2017


This unit introduces basic principles, methods, techniques and applications of GIS and remote sensing. It covers basics of GIS and remote sensing, spatial data collection and management, spatial data manipulation, spatial data analysis and modelling, remote sensing image processing and interpretation and spatial data visualisation. Case studies and hands-on practice allow students to gain experience in the use of GIS and remote sensing technologies. It equips students with fundamental knowledge and skills in constructing, collecting, managing, analysing, integrating and communicating spatial data and information, which are essential for scientific investigations in environmental science, earth science, geography and other scientific studies that have a spatial dimension.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key concepts and principles of GIS and remote sensing
  2. Develop an ability to collect, handle and use digital spatial data for mapping, analysis and modelling
  3. Identify sources of spatial data and assess the nature and quality of spatial data
  4. Demonstrate basic problem solving skills with GIS and remote sensing
  5. Demonstrate a high level of skills in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS)
  6. Develop their own applications of GIS and remote sensing


Assessed practicals: 45%

Project: 15%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Workload requirements

  • One 1-hour interactive workshop per week
  • One 3-hour practical per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


12 points of any second year units from ESC, EAE, BIO, ENV2022, ATS2547, ATS2548, ATS2628 or ATS2778


ATS2259, ATS3259, ATS3552, AZA2259, AZA3259, ESC3259 and ESC3552