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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 produced and 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. Students will gain spatial literacy: skills on reading, critically assessing and using spatial information. Students will also learn the impact of spatial information across a large number of disciplines, and on the economy and society. Specific topics covered include: methods of determining positions; map projections and the shape of the Earth; digital cartography; the use of GPS technology; data structures for managing information; methods of measuring built structures; and mapping from aerial photographs to high-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: 18 July 2019