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GIS In Planning, Design & Development (ABPL90319)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90319
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Semester 1
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This subject introduces the concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its application in landscape architecture, urban planning and development. It will:

  • introduce the origin and development of GIS respect to landscape architecture, urban planning and development;
  • introduce basic GIS concepts, data structure, data format, and data management;
  • introduce fundamental GIS operations such as digitising, overlay analysis, spatial analysis, hydrological analysis, 3D analysis, etc.;
  • address key issues of applying GIS in planning, design and development, such as landscape capacity and suitability analysis, urban heat island analysis, water sensitive urban design, property management, etc.;
  • place how GIS will facilitate site analysis, inform decision making and improve efficiency and productivity in planning, design and development.

The subject will be delivered through lectures/guest lectures, lab tutorials, workshops and practical sessions synthesising dominant themes in this fields of using GIS as tool to achieve sustainable design and ecological landscape planning.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and theory of GIS and spatial modelling;
  • Understand the origin and development of GIS as a disciplinary framework for planning and design;
  • Conduct spatial modelling of landscape and cities using key environmental factors across scales;
  • Communicate and interpret cities and landscapes using GIS-based thematic mapping;
  • Understand that design and planning intervention can be informed and facilitated by GIS-based site analysis;
  • Build GIS-based property management information system;
  • Understand that GIS can be integrated into the design, planning, development and management of both the nature and the built environments.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following:

  • correct use of technical terminology
  • evaluation of design and planning decisions
  • critical thinking skills
  • scale thinking and spatial thinking skills
  • analysis and synthesis of information to propose solutions
  • communication of design and planning ideas verbally and graphically.

Last updated: 23 May 2019