|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This is an introductory subject to Geograhpic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographic Information Science, both practically and theoretically, at postgraduate level. Spatial information is ubiquitous in decision making. Be it in urban planning, in traffic or disaster management, in way-finding, in issues of the environment, public health and sustainability, or in economic contexts: the question of 'where' is a fundamental one. Spatial information is also special in many respects, such as its dimensionality and autocorrelation, its volume, its links to the Internet of Things (things are always located somewhere), to social networks (which exist in space and time), to streaming data from sensors everywhere, or to intelligent (location-aware) systems. The subject provides the foundations for more specialized subjects on spatial data management, spatial data analysis and spatial data visualization, and is of particular relevance to people wishing to establish a career in the spatial information industry, the environmental or planning industry. It is also suited for every postgraduate student who is looking for solid GIS skills.
We will discuss representations and analysis of this information in spatial information technologies, from location-based services to geographic information systems. Topics addressed are observing the environment; spatial and spatiotemporal data representations, spatial analysis and spatial communication. The practical part will introduce to GIS in a hands-on manner, starting in individual software training and then applying new skills in a team-designed GIS project.
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Describe and discuss the process from observing the environment to representing information about the environment
- Identify and assess fundamental data structures and analysis procedures associated with spatial information
- Discuss the use of geographic information in decision making
- Apply basic practical skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems software.
On successful completion, students will have:
- The ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
- The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
- The ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and a commitment to them
- A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
|From week 2 to week 5||10%|
|During the semester||8%|
|During examination period||30%|
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practicals 2 hours per week) Total time commitment 200 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Professor Stephan Winter
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practicals 2 hours per week) Total time commitment 200 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Professor Stephan Winter
Time commitment details
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Subject notes
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The subject is based on lectures conveying the foundations of spatial information, and in a parallel hands-on practice with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students develop strong skills in using GIS through online modules, individual mini-projects, and their own project in a team. They will also develop their critical 'reading' skills for the use of spatial information in the media, and thus sharpen their eye for cartographic visualization.
INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES
The students can install ESRI ArcGIS on their own computers via a campus licence, and enrol in ESRI online modules. Lectures are recorded (voice and slides). Students are highly encouraged to work on the ESRI online modules BEFORE semester start; access codes are provided on request.
CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS
Industry members are regularly invited for guest lectures.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Master of Philosophy - Engineering Course Master of Geography Course Master of Environmental Engineering Course Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering Course Master of Data Science Course Master of Geographic Information Technology Course Master of Science (Geography) Course Master of Spatial Information Science Course Ph.D.- Engineering Specialisation (formal) Spatial Major Climate Change Major Climate Change Major Conservation and Restoration Major Conservation and Restoration Specialisation (formal) Spatial Major Energy Studies Major Integrated Water Catchment Management Major Development Major Development Major Energy Studies Major Environmental Science Major Environmental Science Major Integrated Water Catchment Management Major Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions Major Sustainable Forests Major Sustainable Forests Major Tailored Specialisation Major Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Subject coordinator approval required
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.