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Applications of GIS (GEOM20013)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
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 design solutions enabling to solve everyday spatial problems in both 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 geomatics, spatial information systems, and spatial planning. Enrolled students will be encouraged to familiarize themselves with GIS technology before the semester start by online training courses published in LMS.


Basic concepts of GIS, including typology of datasets, Design and operationalization of GIS solutions, Application areas of GIS demonstrated through case studies presented by experts in their professions. In parallel, students train in computer labs the use of GIS for data integration, analysis and mapping, translating a specification of a multi-criteria evaluation problem into a workable GIS decision support solution, inspired by the case studies.

Intended learning outcomes


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

  1. Explain the basic principles and procedures associated with application of geographic information systems (GIS) to the solution of spatial problems;
  2. Demonstrate practical skills such as understanding of the data collection, storage, manipulation and visualization of spatial data; 
  3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of the principles of spatial reference systems and basic spatial analysis and visualization of spatial data using a GIS software;
  4. 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;
  5. Explain the particular role that GIS plays in decision making for problem solving purposes;
  6. Use GIS software to demonstrate the application of a GIS to support decision making in a selected problem area, such as emergency management, urban development, land administration, environmental assessment or public health.

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: 21 September 2019