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GIS4407 Web Based Geographic Information System

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Web Based Geographic Info Sys
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 : 031103 - Mapping Science
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 September 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Kithsiri Perera

Requisites

Pre-requisite: GIS1402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSST or MSPT or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Rationale

The growing capability of the Internet, World Wide Web and Geographic Information System (GIS) has created a demand for Web based applications of GIS. This course focuses on the conceptual and practical aspects of developing Web based GIS applications.

Synopsis

The course covers the fundamental concepts and principles of Web based GIS. It deals with the theories and principles behind Web based GIS development including Web mapping services, distributed (cloud) systems and client/server computing, Web interface design, networking fundamentals, geographic mark-up language, service and security in Web based GIS, Web mapping software and Web based GIS applications including voluntary geographic information.

Objectives

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

  1. explain web mapping concepts;
  2. conceptualise distributed information systems and client/server computing;
  3. evaluate Web interface design processes and requirements and apply Geographic Mark-up Language including the use of HTML and KML
  4. describe networks operating in a networking environment, and use a web map server;
  5. publish a web map
  6. appraise performance and security issues related to Web based GIS;
  7. identify current Web mapping software development trends; and
  8. visualise different types of Web based GIS applications.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Web based GIS: concepts, evolution and applications 10.00
2. Web & GIS: Web fundamentals, basic architecture & components 10.00
3. Web services: type, function, interoperability and standards including the use of HTML and KML 20.00
4. Geospatial mashups: evolution, function, design and challenges 10.00
5. Web map server, publishing a Web map, and benefits and prospects of Mobile GIS 20.00
6. Geoportals: concept, functions and challenges 10.00
7. Applications of Web based GIS in e-business and e-government 10.00
8. Future trend of Web based GIS 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=02&subject1=GIS4407)

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

Fu, P 2018, Getting to Know WEB GIS, 3rd edn, ESRI Press.

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.
Mitchell, T 2005, Web mapping illustrated, O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol, CA.
(Also available electronically through library catalogue.)
Wernecke, J 2008, The KML Handbook: Geographic Visualization for the Web, Pearson Education.
ArcGIS Online Resources, (accessed in 2018), https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/resources.
Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI), 2018, https://www.icsm.gov.au/australian-spatial-data-infrastructure-asdi.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 50.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 51.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 200 20 06 Sep 2019 1,2,3
Assignment 2 300 30 18 Oct 2019 3,4,5,6
Closed Examination 500 50 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

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 complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of 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 USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the dispatch 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 - 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. The following temporary grade may be awarded: IDM (Incomplete 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

Other requirements

  1. Students must have internet access with minimum connection speed of 56kbps (preferably ADSL) to access web materials related to the course as well as e-mail and UConnect.