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Spatial Visualisation (GEOM90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90007
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Spatial Visualisation is about using and designing effective mechanisms for presenting and exploring the patterns embedded in large and complex data sets. Spatial Visualisation is especially important to spatial decision making, since geographic data sets are both voluminous and rich in structure. By addressing the presentation and interaction with spatial information, this subject complements other topics that deal with the storage and querying of spatial information (e.g. GEOM90018 Spatial Databases), and the processing of spatial information (e.g. GEOM90006 Spatial Analysis). This subject is vital for anyone wishing to work with geographic information systems or spatial databases, or in the area of geographic information science. It will also be of relevance to those with an interest in design, especially graphical and interaction design.


Fundamentals of information visualisation and data graphics; human perception; foundations of user interface design; cartographic design; geovisualisation; exploratory spatial data analysis; evaluation of visualisation interfaces.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Understand what makes visualisation of geographic information different from information visualisation in other domains
  2. Critically evaluate the designs of maps and user interfaces for spatial data
  3. Analyse big spatial data sets using geovisualisation techniques, and compare alternative technique.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject students should have the:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  2. Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  3. Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  4. Capacity for creativity and innovation
  5. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them.

Last updated: 21 September 2019