GEOGY558-23A (HAM)

Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

Staff

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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: melanie.chivers@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are a widely used computer technology for organising and analysing information associated with space, which includes land-use, water, environment, people, and primary and service based industries. Consequentially most Government organisations and 100s of private companies employ GIS graduates, including the defence force. This paper will introduce the main concepts of GIS, and provide you with the skills to apply GIS to a range of spatial problems.
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How this paper will be taught

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This Flexi paper runs for one semester, and involves a final test. Most teaching weeks will involve lectures, online videos, a quiz, and a computer lab exercise. You are expected to work in your own time experimenting with the GIS software, reading, and reviewing notes.

The labs are in KB.04 and it is optional for you to use these lab times, but if you need assistance then attending a lab is recommended. The lab times are are shown below. The labs are like a drop in session – you can come and go as you please.

There is also the option of a virtual lab session using Zoom. The timing and details for this Zoom session will be available on the Moodle page.

The lectures and lab content for the whole course is available through Moodle and Google Drive and students are welcome to complete the paper ahead of the scheduled assessment deadlines.

Working in pairs or threes for the labs is encouraged as people learn from each other. You will need to arrange your own groups.

This paper is cotaught with GEOGY 328.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe the key features and functions of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
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  • Discuss the capabilities and limitations of GIS
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  • Describe the mechanics of GIS including database structures and models
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  • Design and implement a GIS project using GIS software and present this in a scientific poster format
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  • Perform a range of GIS operations including data input, buffering, geo-referencing, model building and use GIS software for spatial analysis, network analysis, surface modelling, 3-D visualisation, network analysis, and terrain analysis
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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Internal Assessment/Examination Ratio 1:0. All assessment must be submitted online through Moodle. Marks and feedback will also be provided through Moodle.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Seven computer laboratory exercises
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Ten multi-choice quizzes
9 Jun 2023
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. A project poster and report
9 Jun 2023
11:30 PM
25
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4. A final test
9 Jun 2023
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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