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GIS1402 Geographic Information Systems

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Geographic Information Systems
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031199 - Geomatic Engineering not elsew
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 August 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Badri Basnet

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 the fundamentals of GIS and GIS data quality and implementation issues.

Objectives

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

  1. describe 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. apply GIS tools used for spatial data processing;
  5. recognise GIS data quality and GIS implementation issues;
  6. apply the concepts of spatial analysis and modelling.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 10.00
2. Spatial data types, sources structures and topology 10.00
3. Spatial data model & structures 10.00
4. GIS data management 10.00
5. GIS data output 10.00
6. GIS data analysis 20.00
7. Analytical modelling in GIS 10.00
8. Data quality issues 10.00
9. GIS application issues 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=03&subject1=GIS1402)

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

Heywood, I Cornelus, S & Carver, S 2011, An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems:, 4th edn, Pearson Education Limited, Essex, England.

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.
Campbell, J & Shin, M 2011, Essentials of Geographic Information Systems, Saylor publication.
(available hardcopy to buy via; http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/catalog/editions/campbell-essentials-of-geographic-information-systems-1-0) and online via: http://www.saylor.org/site/textbooks/Essentials%20of%20Geographic%20Information%20Systems.pdf (only refer chapter 1,3,4,5,6,7 & 8).)
Huisman, O, & de By, R. A 2009, Principles of Geographic Information Systems – An introductory textbook, ITC Educational Textbook Series, Netherlands.
(Online access via: http://www.itc.nl/library/papers_2009/general/PrinciplesGIS.pdf.)
Sutton, T., Dassau, O. & Sutton, M 2009, A Gentle Introducion to GIS, Spatial Information Management Unit, South Africa.
(Online access via: http://download.osgeo.org/qgis/doc/manual/qgis-1.0.0_a-gentle-gis-introduction_en.pdf.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 53.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Online Tutorials 26.00
Private Study 50.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Quiz 1 70 7 19 Dec 2019 1,2 (see note 1)
Assignment 250 25 23 Jan 2020 2,3,4,6
Online Quiz 2 80 8 30 Jan 2020 4,5
EXAMINATION 600 60 End S3 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see Examination notes below)

Notes
  1. A sample quiz will be made available on the StudyDesk prior to the start of the scheduled on-line quiz.

Examination
Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam (Part A) 100 10 (see exam note 1)
Exam (Part B) 500 50

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A, B and C) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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 next examination period.

  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