• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Population Studies, Information Technology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bruce Doran
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS6015
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is based around a hypothetical, but realistic Environmental Impact Study in a small coastal catchment. GIS are widely used by government agencies and research organistions in the environmental sciences and to assist with resource and environmental management decision making, in part due to the rapid growth in the availability of high quality digital spatial data.

This course aims to develop both a solid theoretical understanding and a comprehensive practical grounding through the construction and integration of a range of spatial models. On the satisfactory completion of this course, students will have completed realistic hydrological, erosion, conservation, wildlife habitat, forest, agriculture, fire and economic models within the GIS.  The integration of these sub-models to inform decision makers about recommended landuse options will be based on Multi-criteria Evaluation and Multiple Objective Land Use Allocation frameworks.

Honours Pathway Option

Students who take this option are expected to write a critical review of a journal paper instead of doing the first test (25% of overall assessment). The essay is expected to show greater conceptual understanding and a degree of discovery learning.  All other assessment and requirements remain the same. 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. explain the theoretical and practical considerations required for conducting a GIS-based landuse planning analysis for decision support in a professional manner
2. prepare, manipulate, display and analyse environmental spatial data
3. use a Global Positioning System to assist in conducting rigorous field checking of satellite imagery
4. synthesise and present high quality GIS-based outputs in a report format 

Indicative Assessment

Regular attendance and participation in class work is required. Any students who fail to participate in practical sessions on a regular basis but still submit practical work may be invited to demonstrate that it is their own work. Assessment will be based on:

  • Project based on lab work (40%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Field journal (10%; LO 2, 3, 4)
  • Two term tests (50% total; LO 1) 

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Workload

60 hours contact comprising 24 hours of lectures, 22 hours of practicals and one day in the field (equivalent to three practicals)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES2015 or ENVS6015.

Preliminary Reading

Chang, K., (2010) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (5th ed.), McGraw Hill. 

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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8195 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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