SOIL&WAT 7007WT - GIS for Environmental Management
Waite Campus - Summer - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code SOIL&WAT 7007WT Course GIS for Environmental Management Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Summer Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact 15 days during the Summer vacation Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible SOIL&WAT 3020WT, SOIL&WAT 3007WT, SOIL&WAT 7030WT Course Description 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 Coordinator: Dr Bertram Ostendorf
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student in this course 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesTexts - 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of 2 weeks intensive lecture/practical sessions followed by independent research work.
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 Intoduction 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
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
Day 8 Interpolation
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
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading Hurdle Yes/No Learning Outcome Due date Practicals Formative &
33% No 1-6 Submitted daily Mid term exam Formative &
8% No 1,2 Day 5 Exam Summative 25% No 1-6 Day 10 Research Project Formative &
34% No 6 Mid-Semester
Assessment DetailPracticals: 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: 33% of total grades
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.
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.
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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
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