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GIS2901 Geographic Information Systems Practice 1

Semester 1, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Surveying & Spatial Science

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Staffing

Examiner: Badri Basnet
Moderator: Armando Apan

Requisites

Pre-requisite: (SVY1901 and GIS1402) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDNS or MENS

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: SVY3202

Synopsis

This course aims at providing students with practical knowledge and skills related to geospatial data capture and acquisition, attribute database management, and GIS data pre-processing operations. It also covers the practical aspects of basic satellite remote sensing and image interpretation. The knowledge and practical skills gained from these data capture technologies will be extended by hands-on exercises on attribute database management (creating, editing and expanding attribute tables) and pre-processing operations (data import and export, digitising and data editing, coordinate and projection transformation, and raster-vector-raster conversions). This course will require access to USQ Remote Access Laboratory (RAL) computer to process GIS and remote sensing data using industry standard software packages.

Objectives

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

  1. understand and interpret satellite images visually;
  2. perform basic image processing tasks to interpret and apply satellite imagery;
  3. build and manage spatial and attribute data in GIS;
  4. perform GIS data pre-processing and processing operations;
  5. design and produce map layout using GIS.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Remote Sensing/Image Processing 40.00
2. Use of GIS to capture, process and pre-process spatial data 40.00
3. Map layout and design in GIS 20.00

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=2011&sem=01&subject1=GIS2901)

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

  • GIS Practice 1 Course homepage to access practice course resources (e.g. practice book, iInstructions, Aassessment details, Ddata, PowerPoint Lecture presentations etc).
  • USQ Remote Access Laboratory (RAL) Computer with GIS, Remote Sensing/Image Processing software.

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.
  • Delaney, J & Van Niel, K 2007, Geographical Information Systems - an introduction, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing External Study Package, USQ Publication, Toowoomba.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Laboratory or Practical Classes 48.00
Tutorials 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EXERCISES COMPLETION 1 100 01 Apr 2011

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires access and use of USQ Remote Access Laboratory (RAL) computer. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all materials 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 the practical component of this course, students must complete all of the practical and other activities and submit all reports by the due date.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances then a penalty of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late up to a maximum of ten working days at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for the assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, students must complete at least 90% of the practical and other activities at a satisfactory standard, as stated in the course Assessment Scheme.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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/portal/custom/search/category/usq_document_policy_type/Student.1.html.

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's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The usual method of assessment submission for the Faculty is by written, typed or printed paper-based media (i) submitted to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mailed 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.

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

  6. 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 11.59pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  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 the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM 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. //www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course: 1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. 2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Spatial Sciences and is benchmarked against the: - internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and - professional accreditation standards of the Surveyors Board of Queensland.

Other requirements

  1. Remote access offer of this course is under consideration. Students will be advised via StudyDesk if that will happen at the time of this course offer.