GEOG 2151 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course builds upon the foundation GIS knowledge and skills acquired at the introductory level and guides students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial analysis capabilities. Theory will include detail of the history and applications of GIS and the science behind the spatial modelling techniques employed in the practical exercises. The course has a strong practical focus, and students will gain experience in distance evaluation and the construction, manipulation and interpretation of raster data sets in a GIS environment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2151
    Course Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites GEST 2029, GEOG 2129, or SOIL&WAT 3007WT, or SOIL&WAT 3014WT
    Incompatible GEST 2051
    Course Description This course builds upon the foundation GIS knowledge and skills acquired at the introductory level and guides students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial analysis capabilities. Theory will include detail of the history and applications of GIS and the science behind the spatial modelling techniques employed in the practical exercises. The course has a strong practical focus, and students will gain experience in distance evaluation and the construction, manipulation and interpretation of raster data sets in a GIS environment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julie Franzon

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Perform sophisticated raster and vector GIS analysis in a GIS environment
    2 Demonstrate understanding of the structure, advantages and limitations of raster datasets
    3 Develop a broad appreciation of spatial analysis techniques and application areas
    4 Develop specific skills in the construction and manipulation of raster data sets
    5 Explore and solve spatial problems using GIS techniques and technology 
    6 Develop skills in the creation, management and delivery of spatial data in an online GIS environment
    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)
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Book Title: An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4th Edition)
    Author: Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius, Steve Carver
    Year: 2011
    Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
    ISBN-13: 978 0 273 72259 5

    This book is available to purchase from Unibooks. The Barr Smith Library also holds one reserve copy, with two available for general borrowing. Readings are set for all lectures and some workshops, and are expected to be completed BEFORE the lecture or workshop. The 3rd Edition of this textbook can also be used in 2013.

    Optional/Alternative Textbook

    Book Title: Geographical Information Systems
    Author: Julie Delaney and Kimberley Van Niel
    Year: 2008
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN-13: 978-0-195-55607-0

    Copies of this book are also available to purchase from Unibooks. This book is useful as it is written be Australian authors and provides Australian examples of GIS in action.
    Online Learning

    MyUni is an important learning tool and means of communication and knowledge exchange in this course. It provides the students with course materials, announcements and many other features to help manage their study

    You will need the following to access MyUni:

    · a computer with an Internet connection;
    · a PC running Windows 95 or higher or a Mac running Mac OS 8.6 or higher;
    · a JavaScript enabled web browser;
    · Adobe Reader software
    (download from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html);
    · your University of Adelaide username and password.

    Students also need to monitor their nominated student e-mail account regularly for any communication about the course. All course announcements will be both e-mailed and posted on MyUni.

    To reach the MyUni website for the course follow the links from the University of Adelaide's Homepage http://www.adelaide.edu.au  or go to https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.  

    You will need to enter your username and password to access the MyUni website. If you have difficulty, please contact the Help Desk on 8303 3335 of send an e-mail to myuni.help@adelaide.edu.au 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The contact hours for this course are made up of one single three hour seminar per week, which incorporates both theory (lecture material) and practice in an integrated and flexible schedule which allows practical experience to align very closely with theoretical learning.

    Classes will be held each week, including weeks 1 and 12.

    Because of the integrated and interactive nature of these sessions it is important that students commit to attending all sessions.
    Workload

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. You will need to allocate appropriate time for your study (contact and non-contact time). University policies suggest that for a 3-unit course that there should be 12 hours of learning activities per week:

    · Structured learning/contact time (lectures and workshops): 3 hours per week;
    · Reading and preparation: 3 hours per week;
    · Preparation of assignments: 4 hours per week;
    · Exam Preparation: 2 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture and Workshop Program
    WEEK Lecture PRACTICAL
    Week 1 Course introduction and overview. Introductory GIS Revision. Review of vector analysis techniques.
    Week 2 Feeding a GIS
    Metadata
    The geodatabase (review) Distance analysis – obesity and fast food
    Week 3 Concepts of Raster GIS Working with Raster Data
    Week 3 Spatial Information Day - www.spatialinformationday.org.au
    1 day conference for the spatial industry in SA.
    You're strongly encouraged to go if you can!
    Week 4 Raster Analysis Techniques Raster data management
    Week 5 Topographic Modelling Raster data analysis
    Week 6 No Lecture - Raster Modelling 1 & 2
    Week 7 Surface and Hydrological Modelling DEMs and Hydrological Modelling
    Week 8 Network analysis Network analysis
    MID SEMESTER BREAK
    Week 9 Web based GIS Web based GIS Prepare for Field Data Collection
    Week 10 No Lecture
    Web based GIS Field Data Collection. M
    ap Preparation
    Week 11 Guest Lecture (TBA) Remote Sensing Working with Landsat 8 Imagery
    Week 12 Course Review. Assignment Work
    Critical Dates


    Last day to add online:
    Monday 12/8/2013

    Census date:
    Saturday 31/8/2013

    Last day to Withdraw No Fail (WNF):
    Friday 20/9/2013

    Last day to Withdraw Fail (WF):
    Friday 1/11/2013
  • 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
    Students must complete and submit all assessment components to be eligible to pass this course. Students who do not submit all of the coursework assessment components and sit the exam may receive a Fail grade.

    The University’s policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following five principles: 1) assessment must encourage and reinforce learning; 2) assessment must measure achievement of the stated learning objectives; 3) assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance; 4) assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned; and 5) assessment must maintain academic standards (see: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/)
    Exam (2 hours) 40% Check exam details on Access Adelaide
    (Summative)
    Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
    Minor practical report 20% Due Friday 23rd August, 12pm
    (Summative, Formative, Diagnostic)
    Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5
    Major practical report 40%

    Due Friday 8th November, 12pm
    (Summative, Formative)
    Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Assessment Detail
    Minor Practical Report (20%)
    Description

    This practical assignment is designed as a refresher in basic GIS operations and spatial thinking. It involves the application of vector spatial analysis techniques to address a range of research questions.

    Full details will be provided separately – all documents and data will be available on MyUni.

    Due Date: Friday, August 23rd at 12pm (Midday!)

    Major Practical Report (40%)

    Description
    The practical assignment requires students to apply the GIS knowledge and techniques they have learnt in seminars construct a raster model of fire risk in the Adelaide Hills area. This assignment tests your ability to work independently in using the GIS software and new techniques, and through presentation of the results of your analysis in a formal report, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of spatial relationships and data issues.

    Full details will be provided separately – all documents and data will be available on MyUni.

    Due Date: Friday, November 1st at 12pm (Midday!)

    Formal Examination (40%)
    There will be a 2 hour examination held during the formal exam period. It will be an open book exam and may be conducted at Wayville showgrounds OR in-house (to be negotiated). The exam will consist of 2 sections addressing both the theoretical and practical aspects of the course. Question choice will be provided in both sections.

    The exam structure and general content areas will be discussed in detail during the last session.

    Students must check Access Adelaide for the time, date and venue of the examination.
     
    Submission
    Hard Copy Submission (Optional)
    If you choose to submit hard copy of the practical assignments – including a signed and dated GEP coversheet - they need to be submitted through the School of Social Sciences Office, Ground Floor, Napier Building. An after hours assignment box is also available.

    Electronic Submission (Compulsory)
    Practical Assignments must also be lodged electronically using MyUni – this enables checking of the assignment through a plagiarism detection program.

    Late Submissions
    The penalty for late submission is 5% per business day (or part thereof). Assignments submitted after 12pm on the due date will attract an immediate 5% penalty.

    Extensions
    Extensions will be granted for medical or compassionate grounds only and requests should be accompanied by documentation (medical certificate or similar). Remember, to get an extension, you need to ask for it before the due date!

    The minor practical assignment will be returned in class approximately one week after the due date.
    Marks for the major practical assignment will be available on MyUni within 2 weeks of the due date.

    Students who wish to have this assignment returned to them after marking MUST include a stamped ($1.20), self-addressed A4 envelope with their hard copy submission.

    Please note that only assignments with a return envelope will receive detailed feedback.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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