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GIS3008 Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Appn of GIS & Remote Sensing
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


Examiner: Armando Apan


Pre-requisite: GIS1402 and GIS3406 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSPT


Geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies are tools that support decision-making in many applications areas. These areas are often discipline-specific that require specialised knowledge and specific paradigms, in which the use of appropriate GIS and remote sensing methods are needed. This course will be valuable for students and professionals in gaining knowledge and insights on how to best utilise GIS and remote sensing in a particular application area.


This course is a problem based learning course. It will allow students to apply geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methods and techniques that they have acquired to open ended problems. Emphasis will be placed on how spatial science and technologies are being applied in niche areas to acquire, manage, analyse and generate spatial information for planning and management. The problems in this course may come from the following application areas: natural resource management, environment and ecology, urban and regional planning, socio-economic aspects and business, agriculture, health, engineering, and climate.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Synthesise the conceptual evolution and modern approaches of GIS and remote sensing in key application areas;
  2. Evaluate and assess the specific and/or common methods, tools and techniques of GIS and remote sensing for various applications; and
  3. Apply the appropriate GIS and remote sensing method(s) suitable for a particular application area;
  4. Work within and as part of a team to lead and manage systematic approaches for the conduct and management of spatial science projects; and
  5. Apply coherent and effective written communication skills, and the management of information in professional and technical domains.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing Applications 10.00
2. Application of GIS and remote sensing to natural resource management, environment and ecology 25.00
3. Application of GIS and remote sensing to urban and regional planning, socio-economic aspects and business and agriculture 35.00
4. Application of GIS and remote sensing to health, engineering, and climate 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Armstrong, L 2012, Mapping and Modeling Weather and Climate with GIS, Esri Press, Redlands, CA.
Brimicombe A 2010, GIS, environmental modeling and engineering, 2nd edn, CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Dixon B et al 2016, GIS and Geocomputation for Water Resource Science and Engineering, American Geophysical Union, Washington FC.
Keranen K and Kolvoord R 2012, Making spatial decisions using GIS a workbook, 2nd edn, ESRI Press, Redlands, Calif.
management Association, Information Resources 2017, Geographic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications.
(IGI Global, 2013. 1-2102. Web. 2 Jul. 2018. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-2038-4.)
Nyerges, T L & Jankowski, P 2010, Regional and urban GIS: a decision support approach, Guilford, New York.
Pierce F J & Clay D 2007, GIS applications in agriculture, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Shamsi U. M 2005, GIS applications for water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 83.00
Directed Study 40.00
Lectures 6.00
Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Individual Assignment 1 350 35 12 Aug 2019 1,2,5
Individual Assignment 2 350 35 16 Sep 2019 3,5
Group Project 300 30 21 Oct 2019 1,2,3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (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 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 aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    No exam

  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

Assessment notes

    1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

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 Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o 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.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.