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GPL3902 GIS and Planning Practice 2

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: GIS and Planning Practice 2
Units : 0
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 : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Badri Basnet


Pre-requisite: (GIS1402 or URP2001)
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: GPL2901


The ability to process and analyse geospatial data at an advanced level is essential for Spatial Science and Planning professionals. Higher-level knowledge and skills in the use of software and hardware, as well as the competence to apply geoprocessing tools, will ensure that analysts, planners and managers can make informed decisions. The aim of the course is to equip students with skills in advanced GIS and remote sensing, and their applications to urban and regional planning, environmental management, agriculture, engineering, land and resource management, etc.


The course will cover advanced topics in the analysis and applications of spatial data for planning and management. It will further build the students' competency in the use of industry-standard software and hardware in spatial science, particularly on geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing. The delivery will focus on the hands-on approach and applications-oriented project done in an inter-disciplinary group that will cover urban and regional planning, environmental management, agriculture, engineering, land and resource management, etc.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. use geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing software and hardware by applying key geo-spatial concepts and principles across a range of targeted case studies at an advanced level of cognitive and technical skill;
  2. apply software and hardware skills, as well as knowledge of planning concepts and methods, to process geospatial and non-spatial data for decision-making, planning, and management to an advanced level exercising independent initiative and judgment within diverse urban contexts;
  3. present project results at an advanced level of communication and presentation skills to a variety of audiences;
  4. work within a team to cogently and coherently apply systematic approaches for the conduct and management of spatial science projects in an urban context.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Remote Sensing 20.00
2. GIS 30.00
3. Planning 20.00
4. Project and Presentation 30.00

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). (

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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.
Study Materials from the following courses: GIS1401 Geographic Data Presentation, GIS1402 Geographic Information System, URP1001 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning, GIS3406 Remote Sensing and Image Processing or URP2001Planning Structures and Statutory Planning.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 18.00
Residential Schools 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Reports and Practical Work 1 99 19 Nov 2019 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 19 Nov 2019 (see note 2)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date for each assessment item.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  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 a student must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

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 Technologyand 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.