SOIL&WAT 3007WT - GIS for Environmental Management III

Waite Campus - Summer - 2015

This course involves teaching sessions that may be attended by both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The course deals with concepts and theory of geographic information systems and their use for environmental mapping, spatial modelling and analysis. Topics covered include the relationship of GIS models to real world perception and map representation, vector and raster systems; spatial modelling; translation of problems into GIS procedures; attribute manipulation and recoding, operations including arithmetic and Boolean overlay, reclassification, proximity and neighbourhood analyses; input of data to GIS; database structures; interpolation of surfaces form point and vector data; applications and case studies. Practical work uses PC-based software to teach basic skills in GIS data entry, analysis and output, emphasising a problem-solving approach through environmental and agricultural GIS case studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOIL&WAT 3007WT
    Course GIS for Environmental Management III
    Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 15 days during the Summer vacation
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible SOIL&WAT 3014WT
    Course Description This course involves teaching sessions that may be attended by both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
    The course deals with concepts and theory of geographic information systems and their use for environmental mapping, spatial modelling and analysis. Topics covered include the relationship of GIS models to real world perception and map representation, vector and raster systems; spatial modelling; translation of problems into GIS procedures; attribute manipulation and recoding, operations including arithmetic and Boolean overlay, reclassification, proximity and neighbourhood analyses; input of data to GIS; database structures; interpolation of surfaces form point and vector data; applications and case studies. Practical work uses PC-based software to teach basic skills in GIS data entry, analysis and output, emphasising a problem-solving approach through environmental and agricultural GIS case studies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Bertram Ostendorf

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A successful student should be able to:
    1 Understand GIS concepts in an interdisciplinary setting;
    2 Identify and source data for use in evidence-based decision making in environmental management;
    3 Apply ArcGIS for spatial data preparation, analysis and visualisation with in-depth skills of vector and raster processing;
    4 Use airborne and space-borne imagery to characterise the biophysical environment at landscape and regional scales;
    5 Demontrate proficiency in integrating GIS data analysis with simple statistical analysis;
    6 Demonstrate ability to conduct a GIS research project in the area of environmental management.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Texts - Online through Adelaide University Library:
    Encyclopedia of GIS http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-30858-6
    Book series: Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography 
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/1863-2246/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of 2 weeks intensive lecture/practical sessions followed by independent research work.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The subject consists of 2 weeks of intensive lecture/practical sessions followed by independent research work.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Lecture Lecture/Practical
    Day  1 Introduction to GIS
    Introduction to practicals 
    Getting Started with ArcGIS
    Challenge: Examine spatial data on the computer and create first map without detailed instructions
    Day 2 Creating Map Symbology
    Referencing Data to Real Locations
    Challenge: Align different sources of environmental baseline information
    Day 3 Organizing Geographic Data Creating and Editing Data
    Challenge (to be continued on day 4): Download a recent MODIS satellite imagery and create an up-to-date land-use map of the North Para Catchment
    Day 4 Getting Started with GIS Analysis
    Working with Geo-processing and Modelling Tools
    Designing Maps with ArcGIS
    Day 5 Using GIS in Environmental Management Review and mid-term exam
    Day 6 Introduction to Rasters and the Spatial Analyst Getting Started with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
    Working with Rasters / Displaying Rasters in ArcMap
    Working with Rasters / Managing Raster Data
    Challenge (to be continued on day 7) Create a new rainfall map from a photocopy of a book – geo-register this map and calculate rainfall/runoff statistics for North Para
    Day 7 Topographic Analysis Analysing Surfaces
    Map Algebra
    Day 8 Interpolation
    GPS
    Interpolating Raster Surfaces
    Challenge: Using Topography and raster analysis to characterise biophysical environmental properties

    Day 9 Spatial Statistics Mapping Distance and Density
    Using Cell, Neighbourhood, and Zonal Statistics
    Challenge: Using own data - estimate joint distributions of rainfall and land-use in the North Para Catchment
    Day 10                     Introduction to projects Review and final exam
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading
     Hurdle
    Yes/No
     Outcome Assessed/Achieved Due Date
    Practicals  Formative
    Summative
    33% No 1-6 Submitted daily
    Mid term exam Summative
    Formative
    8% No 1,2 Day 5
    Exam  Summative 25% No 1-6 Day 10
    Reseach Project Formative
    Summative
    34% No 6 Mid Semester
    Assessment Detail
    Practicals: 33% of total grades
    There is the requirement for daily submission of practical reports. The results will be discussed in class the next morning.

    Exams: 
    Mid-term exam on day 5, online, open book, internet usage permitted (8% of final grade)
    Final exam on day 10, online, open book, internet usage permitted (25% of final grade)

    Project: 34% of total grades
    Students will conduct an independent research project to apply and deepen the GIS skills. Several research topics will be provided but students are encouraged to define their own topics of interest and start to liaise with industry and government. Research projects will be supported individually during the semester.
    Submission
    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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