EAE5258 - Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Xuan Zhu


Dr Xuan Zhu

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS3259, APG4758


The unit provides a practical introduction to the principles, techniques and applications in GIS for environmental problem solving and decision making. It covers a wide range of topics including general nature of spatial data, spatial data quality, georeferencing, raster and vector approaches, spatial data management, spatial analysis, spatial modelling, spatial visualisation, terrain analysis, and GIS applications in land use analysis, hydrology, ecology, geoscience, environmental policy and decision analysis.


On completion of this unit student will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles of GIS.
  2. Comprehend the nature of spatial data and their importance in environmental science.
  3. Identify environmental problems that can be solved with GIS.
  4. Grasp basic GIS skills.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of skills in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS).
  6. Design GIS-based solutions to environmental problems.


Within semester assessment: 75%

Examination (2 hours): 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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