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Applications of GIS (GEOM20013)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGEOM20013
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a blend of computer mapping and database technologies used to store, manage, analyse and display geographic data. This subject introduces students to this exciting technology and provides them with the skills and knowledge to solve everyday problems facing our built and natural environments. Students who complete this subject will have developed knowledge that is immediately applicable in the workplace. The subject also lays the foundations for more advanced studies in the field of geomatics and spatial information systems.


Application areas of GIS, and related data sets and operations, are presented by experts in their professions. In parallel, students train in computer labs the use of GIS for data integration, analysis and mapping, inspired by the applications presented.

Intended learning outcomes


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

  1. Explain the basic principles and procedures associated with geographic information systems (GIS)
  2. Demonstrate practical skills such as understanding data format, data collection, data entry and modification, projection systems, basic spatial and 3D analysis and finally concept of visualization in the use of GIS software
  3. Describe how GIS can be applied in a range of situations, such as urban planning, site selection, environmental management, facilities and network management, and many more
  4. Explain the particular role that GIS plays in decision making for problem solving purposes
  5. Use GIS software for spatial analysis and cartographic mapping in a range of applications such as emergency management, urban development, and land administration.

Generic skills

On the completion of this subject students will have:

  • The ability to apply knowledge of basic science fundamentals
  • The ability to communicate effectively, not only with other scientists but also with the community at large
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • The ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • An expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.

Last updated: 11 October 2017