SPATIAL 3007WT - GIS for Environmental Management III
Waite Campus - Summer - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code SPATIAL 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 SPATIAL 3020WT 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 Coordinator: Dr Bertram Ostendorf
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA 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) 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
Texts, availble online through Adelaide University Library:
Geospatial Analysis - 5th Edition, 2015 - de Smith, Goodchild, Longley
Encyclopedia of GIS
SpringerHandbook of Geographic Information
Advances in Digital Terrain Analysis
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
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Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents are working together in the computer lab and are encouraged to discuss analysis ideas and processes for every laboratory
component of the course. This implies group work and discussions for processes and report presentation. The practical of day 8 requires students to collect data in the Waite Arboretum. Data collection, analysis, and preparation of the practical report are done as group work. The final research project can be done s group work, but the scope of the project needs to be negotiated with the teacher.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading Hurdle
Outcome Assessed/Achieved Due Date Practicals Formative
33% No 1-6 Submitted daily Mid term exam Summative
8% No 1,2 Day 5 Exam Summative 25% No 1-6 Day 10 Reseach Project Formative
34% No 6 Mid Semester
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