1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Foundations of Spatial Information
  4. Print

Foundations of Spatial Information (GEOM90008)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks

Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90008
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

AIMS

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.

INDICATIVE CONTENT

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:

  1. Describe and discuss the process from observing the environment to representing information about the environment
  2. Identify and assess fundamental data structures and analysis procedures associated with spatial information
  3. Discuss the use of geographic information in decision making
  4. Apply basic practical skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems software.

Generic skills

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

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

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

Assessment

DescriptionTimingPercentage
  • GIS project design. Deliverable is a report (per group) of a maximum of 5 pages (per group) (10%), and in the appendix of the report a 1-page reflection per individual student (5%). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed by this component.
  • 25 hours
Week 715%
  • Realization of the GIS project designed in Component 1. Deliverable is a report (per group) of a maximum of 20 pages (per group) (20%), and in the appendix of the report a 1-page reflection per individual student (5%). ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed by this component.
  • 25 hours
Week 1225%
  • Four individual mini-projects, catering for spatial data preparation (Week 2), raster analysis (Week 3), network analysis (Week 4) and point analysis (Week 5). Students will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with GIS software. Each mini-project is worth 2% for a total of 8%. The modules are designed for the lab sessions and you should be able to complete them within that time. However, they are due for assessment on the Friday of each week by 6 pm sharp. You can also get an extra 2% if you complete all ESRI online certificates from the list by the end of Week 5. ILO 4 is addressed in this assessment.
  • 15 hours
From week 2 to week 510%
  • Individual assignment requiring a 500-word report and the preparation of a 5-minute oral presentation in the lecture. Assessed are the report and the slides, since not everybody has an opportunity to present in the lecture. ILO 3 is addressed in this assignment. Due any week in the semester as chosen (between week 1 and 12).
  • 10 hours
During the teaching period8%
  • Written mid-semester test. ILOs 1, 2 and 3 are addressed in this exam.
  • 30 minutes
Week 712%
  • Examination. ILOs 1, 2 and 3 are addressed in the exam
  • 2 hours
During the examination period30%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practicals 2 hours per week)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Practicals 2 hours per week)
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

Last updated: 19 July 2019