GEOG 3027 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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 principles that underpin the spatial modelling and analysis techniques employed in the practical exercises. The course has a strong practical focus, and students will gain experience in field data collection, network analysis and the construction, manipulation and interpretation of raster data sets in a GIS environment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 3027
    Course Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours a week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GEOG 2129 or SOIL&WAT 3020WT or SOIL&WAT 3007WT or other introductory GIS course approved by the Course Coordinator and another 3 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Assumed Knowledge It will be assumed students have proficiency at research and written skills for Level III as well as basic familiarity with GIS systems
    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 principles that underpin the spatial modelling and analysis techniques employed in the practical exercises. The course has a strong practical focus, and students will gain experience in field data collection, network analysis and the construction, manipulation and interpretation of raster data sets in a GIS environment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dorothy Turner

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. To perform sophisticated raster and vector GIS analysis in a GIS environment;
    2. To understand the structure, advantages and limitations of raster datasets;
    3. To develop a broad appreciation of spatial analysis techniques and application areas;
    4. To develop specific skills in the construction and manipulation of raster data sets;
    5. Be able to explore and solve spatial problems using GIS techniques and technology
    6. To develop skills in the creation, management and delivery of spatial data in an online GIS environment
    7. To learn how to interpret and present the results of spatial data analysis through high quality reports
    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, 2,3,4 ,5
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    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
    1,2 ,3,4 ,5 ,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
    4, 5, 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
    3,4 ,5, 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
    1,2 ,3,4 , 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: Prentice-Hall
    ISBN-13: 978 0 273 72259 5

    Adelaide Uni Library:
    • Two online copies of this book are available from the Adelaide University Library as single use eBooks (i.e. only one person at a time can access each one).
    • The Barr Smith Library also holds 7 print copies, with three of these in the High Use Collection available for short term (3 hour) loan.
    • The Waite Library has 1 print copy.
    It is highly recommended that you purchase your own copy of this book.
    Make sure you order the book by Heywood - there are other books with the same title by other authors!

    It is available from Dymocks:
    • eBook for $63.59
    • hardcopy for $108.99
    Readings are set for all lectures and some workshops, and are expected to be completed BEFORE the lecture or workshop.
    Recommended Resources
    Optional/Alternative Textbook

    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.


    Other Recommended Resources

    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.

    Book Title: Geographic Information Science & Systems (4th Edition)
    Author: Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind.
    Year: 2015
    Publisher: Wiley
    ISBN: 978-1-119-03130-7

    There are currently three copies in the Barr Smith Library.

    Book Title: The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography
    Editors: Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic
    Year: 2017
    Publisher: Routledge
    eBook ISBN: 9781317568223

    eBook available in the library.
    More recent. Some sections useful, but a bit heavy in places.

    Any similar basic GIS text would also be appropriate.
    Online Learning
    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
    Lectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop lecture material.
    Workload

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


    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD:  10 hours per week 120 hours per semester


    Learning Activities Summary
    This is indicative of the lecture and workshop activities. There may be some variation.

    Week Lecture Workshop
    1 Course Outline / Intro GIS Revision Vector Spatial Analysis
    2 Metadata and Spatial Data Source The Geodatabase / Distance Calculation
    3 Concepts of Raster GIS Working with Raster Data
    4 Raster Analysis Techniques Raster Data Management and Analysis
    5 More Raster Operations and Functions More Raster Data Analysis
    6 Topographic Modelling & Process Modelling Raster Modelling
    7 Drones in Policing Raster Modelling(continued)
    8 Surface and Hydrological Modelling Topographic Surface Analysis
    9 GIS and the Web Field Data Collection
    10 Drones in Environmental Management Mapping Field Data
    11 Linear Networks Network Analysis
    12 Course Review Major Report Assistance
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course requires that you have completed an approved introductory GIS course using ArcGIS software (e.g. GEOG 2129: Introductory GIS).

    It assumes  you have a basic level of computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Workshops are designed to create small group discovery.
    Whether working together in the computer lab or from home, students are encouraged to discuss analysis ideas and processes for every practical component of the course. This implies group work and discussions for processes.

    The week 9 and 10 workshops require students to collect data in the Campus (or near their home, depending on the current COVID-19 restrictions) and then load it and create a web map. Data collection will be done in groups of 3 or 4 where possible.

    FACE-TO-FACE ATTENDANCE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR WEEK 9 (if COVID safe).
  • 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 Weighting
    Workshop Portfolio (in 3 parts) 30%
    Minor Practical Report 30%
    Major Practical Report 40%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students will need access to GIS labs/computer rooms and relevant software. This will be provided by the University.
    Assessment Detail
    You must complete and submit for assessment all of the components. If you fail to complete all components, you may receive a Fail grade regardless of your achievement in the completed assessment components.

    Weekly Lecture and Workshop Portfolio - 30%
    Most weekly workshops will include an assessment task which allows students to demonstrate both the successful completion of the workshop tasks, and their understanding and application of the skills and techniques which they are learning week by week. Most weeks there is also a component of short questions based on the lecture material. Full details of the assessment task are made available each week. Many of these assessment tasks will be completed in the workshop. Students will record their answers in a portfolio to be submitted in 3 parts throughout the course.

    Minor Practical Report - 30%
    This report is based on a revision of the Vector GIS analysis skills students should have learnt in your Intorductory GIS course.
    It will help develop their research and report writing skills. It requires students to apply the knowledge and vector GIS techniques they have learnt to conduct a GIS analysis of Stormwater and Road Networks in the Onkaparinga Catchment near Adelaide. This assignment tests student ability to work independently in using basic GIS skills and techniques, and through presentation of the results of the analysis in a formal report, to demonstrate an understanding of spatial relationships and data issues. Full details will be provided separately. All documents and data will be available on MyUni.

    Major Practical Report - 40%
    This report is based on the Raster GIS analysis skills students have learnt in this course.
    It will further develop their research and report writing skills. It requires students to apply the knowledge and raster GIS techniques they have learnt to one of two projects:
    1. Climate Change Vulnerability on the Fleurieu Peninsula
    2. Site Selection of a New Police Station in Metropolitan Adelaide
    This assignment tests student ability to work independently in using more advanced GIS skills and techniques, and through presentation of the results of the analysis in a formal report, to demonstrate an understanding of spatial relationships and data issues. Full details will be provided separately. All documents and data will be available on MyUni.
    Submission
    All assessments will be submitted via MyUni.
    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

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

    SELT feedback from recent years has led to the allocation of some assessment marks towards the weekly workshops.  Review of indivudal course components is undertaken each year following student comments/discussion throughout the course as well as the formal SELT process.
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