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GIS1402 Geographic Information Systems

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Surveying & Spatial Science
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Badri Basnet
Moderator: Xiaoye Liu

Rationale

The course is designed to introduce Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and provide a broad understanding of its capabilities to students.

Synopsis

The course will cover the basic concepts and principles of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics to be covered include introduction to GIS, GIS data (nature, input, editing, output & management), coordinate system & projection, and GIS tools for vector & raster processing, as well as proximity, network and surface analyses.

Objectives

The course objective define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand concepts, components, functional elements, and applications of GIS;
  2. differentiate GIS data in terms of its type, structure, input & editing method, management system, and output procedure;
  3. appreciate coordinate system and projection used in GIS data;
  4. recognise GIS tools used for vector and raster geo-processing;
  5. understand the importance of proximity, network and surface analysis within GIS.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 10.00
2. GIS data types, structures and topology 10.00
3. GIS data input and editing 10.00
4. Coordinate systems and projections 15.00
5. GIS data management and output 10.00
6. GIS tools for data pre-processing and vector & raster data processing 25.00
7. Introduction to proximity and network analysis 10.00
8. Introduction to surface analysis 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=GIS1402)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Delaney, J & Van Niel, K 2007, Geographical Information Systems - an introduction, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bolstad, P 2008, GIS Fundamentals, 3rd edn, Eider Press, White Bear Lakes, Minnesota.
  • Clarke, KC 2003, Getting started with geographic information systems, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
    (CD-ROM included.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 51.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 50.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ON-LINE QUIZ 100 10 19 Apr 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 200 20 10 May 2013
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 700 70 End S1 (see note 2)

NOTES
  1. A sample quiz will be made available on the StudyDesk prior to the start of the scheduled on-line quiz. The on-line quiz will be split into two parts. Due date for part 2 will be announced via StudyDesk.
  2. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing