This unit is designed to provide students studying at the graduate level with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of spatial information. This unit will introduce students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and basic remote sensing analysis, with a focus on skills development and problem solving. By providing a broad overview of the fundamental forms of spatial data and the applications it can be used for, students will develop a basic skill set in spatial analysis and data handling. This unit is offered at the graduate level, but is aimed at students who have not previously worked with or studied spatial information. Students will explore the fundamental concepts underpinning spatial information, and how to represent variables in a spatial way. Throughout the unit, the potential of spatial information to solve a variety of problems is investigated. This is done in conjunction with computer-based exercises designed to build a strong technical skill set. Concepts that will be introduced include: spatial referencing systems, types of spatial data, creating new datasets, basic image analysis, and data visualisation.
|Unit name||Fundamentals of Spatial Information|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Mr Mark Williams|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Discuss the different types of spatial information that are most relevant or appropriate given a particular scenario
- Create new spatial datasets that comply with current standards and conventions
- Employ spatial analysis techniques to interpret and derive new information to solve spatially oriented problems
- Analyse, interpret and visualise spatial datasets using GIS and other software packages.
- Communicate and synthesise complex spatial information using written, cartographic, and other visual means
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2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 3 hour practical session per week
|Assessment||Georeferencing and Digitising (30%)|Quizzes (30%)|Metadata and Cartography (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
It is strongly recommended that students purchase the following textbook:
A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts by Francis Harvey. Second Edition, 2015. ISBN: 9781462522170
Readings from this text will be given each week.
Students may also benefit from the following text:
How to lie with maps by Mark Monmonier. Third Edition, 2018. ISBN: 9780226435923
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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