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Mapping Environments (ENVS10006)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENVS10006
Semester 1
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In this subject students will learn how information is used to support decision making in urban and rural environments. This includes methods of data collection, mapping, information communication through visualisation, and decision-support systems. This will be presented by studying the historical development of the supporting technologies, the social context of their use, and their current importance in the age of information. Specific topics covered include: methods of determining position; map projections and the shape of the Earth; the development of cartography from paper maps to GIS and 3D visualization; the development and use of GPS technology; data structures for managing information; methods of measuring built environments and monuments; the development of mapping from aerial photographs to hi-resolution satellite imagery

The practical sessions will give hands-on experience with a range of measurement, geographic information, image analysis and virtual reality technologies in a problem-solving context

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should have the following skills:

  • Apply knowledge of basic science fundamentals relevant to spatial systems
  • Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Understand the key role of information technology in sustainable development
  • Show capacity for independent critical thought, creative inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Show a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

Last updated: 23 January 2019