GEOG 5007 - Applied Spatial Analysis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This course challenges students with existing skills in data manipulation and analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to expand their knowledge of spatial information science and GIS procedures. Students will develop and apply advanced data analysis techniques to propose, construct and carry out a major research project in an area of interest. The theoretical foundation of the principles behind GIS analysis are covered in some depth, while practical sessions guide students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial analysis capabilities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 5007
    Course Applied Spatial Analysis
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEST 5007
    Assumed Knowledge GEOG 3027 or equivalent experience with GIS
    Course Description This course challenges students with existing skills in data manipulation and analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to expand their knowledge of spatial information science and GIS procedures. Students will develop and apply advanced data analysis techniques to propose, construct and carry out a major research project in an area of interest. The theoretical foundation of the principles behind GIS analysis are covered in some depth, while practical sessions guide students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial analysis capabilities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dorothy Turner

    Course Timetable

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

    This is the coursework for Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027).
    One lecture and one two hour workshop a week for 12 weeks.

    Please ENROL in the Lecture and one workshop session regardless of your GIS background.

    Students who have completed:
    • Introduction to GIS (GEOG 2019) but not Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027) - MUST complete this coursework;
    • Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • GIS for Environmental Mgmt (SOIL&WAT or SPATIAL 3007WT) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • GIS for Ag&NRM (SOIL&WAT or SPATIAL 3020WT) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • Other GIS courses - compulsory completion of coursework to be decided by course coordinator.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand GIS concepts and spatial analysis techniques in an interdisciplinary setting;
    2. Identify and source data for use in evidence-based decision making;
    3. Apply ArcGIS for spatial data preparation, analysis and visualisation with sophisticated skills of vector and raster processing;
    4. Demonstrate proficiency in integrating GIS data analysis with simple statistical analysis;
    5. Demonstrate ability to conduct a GIS research project in the area of their choice.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • 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 online from the Adelaide University Library and 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
    Recommended Resources
    Book Title: Geographical Information Systems (2nd Edition).
    Author: Julie Delaney and Kimberley Van Niel
    Year: 2007
    Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN-13: 978-0-195-55607-0

    There are 3 copies of this book at the Barr Smith Library (1 reserve and 2 for general borrowing) and 1 copy at Waite Campus Library. 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.


    Supplementary reading in additional GIS texts is highly recommended to improve understanding of the concepts and procedures behind the theory and practice to which students are exposed each week.

    The Barr Smith Library maintains a Resource Guide for GIS/Spatial Information Systems at:

    libguides.adelaide.edu.au/geography/gis
    This list includes a number of general and specialist texts from which students can choose to support and extend the weekly readings and prepare for the examination.


    In addition, I particularly recommend:

    Book Title: Geographic Information Analysis (2nd edition)
    Author: David O’Sullivan, David Unwin
    Year: 2010
    Publisher: Wiley
    ISBN-13: 978-0-470-28857-3

    This book is available online from the Adelaide University Library. There are currently also two copies in the Barr Smith Library.


    Book Title: Principles of Geographical Information Systems
    Author: Peter Burrough, Rachael McDonnell
    Year: 1998
    Publisher: Oxford UP
    ISBN 0198233663

    There is currently 3 copies available (one each at the Barr Smith Library, Roseworthy Campus Library and Waite Campus Library).
    This is a much older text, but very good. Any similar basic GIS text would also be appropriate.
    Online Learning
    MyUni
    All lectures will be recorded and available through MyUni.
    All lecture slides, workshop instructions and workshop data will also be available through MyUni.
     
    Online Textbooks

    There are a variety of online texts available, some of which are extremely comprehensive.

    • www.spatialanalysisonline.com – 5th Edition, 2015 - Extremely comprehensive text by Michael De Smith, Mike Goodchild and Paul Longley;
    • natureofgeoinfo.org – An open geospatial textbook edited by David DiBiase, hosted by Penn State University;
    • giscommons.org – GIS Commons: an introductory textbook on GIS by Michael Schmandt, Sacramento State University;
    • www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/contents.html - “The Geographer’s Craft”. Older online text compiled by Kenneth Foote;
    • www.esri.com/industries/ebooks - an excellent source of free E-books on a wide variety of GIS topics. Covers the application of GIS in a wide range of industry sectors.

    Websites
    • www.gis.com - a good overview of GIS and geographic thinking. Includes glossary and career links;
    • www.esri.com – students should familiarise themselves with this website, particularly the
    Support and News sections. It is recommended that you follow the use and developments of the software under the Publications area of the News section.

    Other websites as presented during lectures/workshops

    Software
    The specialist GIS software – ArcGIS - used in this course is available throughout many of the teaching labs throughout the University which are only open 8am – 6pm.

    You should find that ArcGIS is installed in the following locations:

    • All Students: Hub Central suites
    • Science Students: Any of the science faculty suites
    • Humanities Students: Napier 106, Napier 107 and Napier 202.


    Please take into account the access restrictions when planning your assignment work.

    The software is also available for home use or on other university computers through APAPT. Please contact Technology Services or the course coordinator if you are having problems accessing this.

    Hardware
    It is strongly recommended that you do all coursework on your U drive as this can be accessed from any university computer, or from your home computer through ADAPT, and is regularly backed up.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of one lecture and one two-hour practical workshop per week followed by independent research work.

    Coursework:

    The coursework is that of Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027).

    Students who have completed:
    • Introduction to GIS (GEOG 2019) but not Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027) - MUST complete this coursework;
    • Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • GIS for Environmental Mgmt (SOIL&WAT or SPATIAL 3007WT) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • GIS for Ag&NRM (SOIL&WAT or SPATIAL 3020WT) - should attend and complete this coursework as a means of revision;
    • Other GIS courses - compulsory completion of coursework to be decided by course coordinator.
    Coursework incorporates both theory 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 classes it is important that those students who must complete the coursework commit to attending all sessions.

    Independent Research:
    An independent research project will be negotiated for each student with the course coordinator.
    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 6-unit course that there should be 20-24 hours of learning activities per week:


    Structured learning/contact time (lectures and workshops) 3 hours per week
    Reading/research 8 hours per week
    Assignment preparation 8 hours per week
    Workshop preparation 2 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course challenges students with existing skills in data manipulation and analysis using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to expand their knowledge of spatial information science and GIS procedures. Students will develop and apply advanced data analysis techniques to propose, construct and carry out a major research project in an area of interest. The theoretical foundation of the principles behind GIS analysis are covered in some depth, while practical sessions guide students in the development of increasingly sophisticated spatial analysis capabilities.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent.

    Students must also have completed one of the following:

    • Introduction to GIS (GEOG 2019) and preferably also Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027);
    • GIS for Environmental Mgmt (SOIL&WAT 3007WT or SPATIAL 3007WT);
    • GIS for Ag & NRM (SOIL&WAT 3020WT or SPATIAL 3020WT);
    • Other GIS courses approved by the Course Coordinator
    Advanced GIS (GEOG 3027) coursework can be undertaken as part of this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will undertake small group discovery activities via the workshops and group work.
  • 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
    Research Proposal
    20%
    1,000 word research proposal

    Essay
    20%
    2,000 word theoretical essay

    Major Practical Report
    60%
    6,000 word major practical project report
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The course coordinator will determine if you must attend the Advanced GIS coursework (GEOG 3027).

    All students should attend this coursework for revision purposes.

    The workshop assessments will not count towards the final marks for the Masters course.

    Assessment Detail
    Research Proposal
    20%
    1,000 word research proposal.
    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.

    Essay
    20%
    2,000 word theoretical essay.
    Students will be given individual topics to research.

    Major Practical Report
    60%
    6,000 word major practical project report.
    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
    There will be penalties for late submission so make sure extensions are negotiated with the coordinator.
    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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