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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the tools for gathering, managing, analysing and presenting spatial information in an intuitive and graphical way. This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques of GIS.
Nau mai ki GEOG205 & DIGI205 – welcome to GEOG205-DIGI205. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the tools for managing, analysing, and presenting spatial information in an intuitive and graphical way. GEOG205-DIGI205 provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques of GIS. The course examines the use of geospatial technology including global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems, and aspects of remote sensing (RS). It also develops introductory GIS software skills using ArcGIS and ENVI. This year’s main contributors are Dr. Ioannis Delikostidis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Shanelle Dyer (Research Assistant and Senior Tutor, email@example.com) and Justin Harrison (Laboratory, Field and Equipment Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org).GEOG205 is designed to build on the 100 level geography courses and to provide an applied introduction to geographic information systems. The course focuses on key concepts and methods in GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing. It will allow students to develop hands-on skills for handling and analysing geospatial data.Please read this handout carefully as it will help to ensure that you succeed in the course. It contains basic information about how the course is structured, taught and assessed, what you are expected to do, and when you need to do it. If you have any problems or difficulties in the course, see your lab teaching assistants, lecturers or the GEOG205-DIGI205 coordinator.
The aims of this course are to:Provide an applied introduction to key technical concepts and methods used with GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Remote Sensing (RS).examine and use data capture and analysis techniques with GIS, GPS and RSdevelop hands-on skills using GIS and RS softwareAfter completing this course, we expect you to have gained the following:an understanding of the key concepts in GIS, GPS, and RSthe ability to apply basic spatial analysis techniques to geographic datahands-on skills using the technology and in particular to: - demonstrate practical use of GIS and RS software; - access and use digital geographic data;- produce digital map compositions which demonstrate sound cartographic principles; and- undertake basic fieldwork for geographic data collectionan awareness of the limitations of geographic technology
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
45 points at 100-level or above, from any degree schedule.
DIGI205 and GISC422
23 hrs lectures (23 x 1 hour lectures)30 hrs labs (10 x 3 hour labs)97 hrs self-study and assignment work
The recommended texts are:1. Heywood, I., Cornelius, S., and Carver, S. (2011). An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4th ed.). Harlow: Prentice Hall (full text online).2. Longley, P.A., Goodchild, M.F., Maguire, D.J., and Rhind, D.W. (2015).Geographic Information Systems and Science (4th ed.) (full text online).Supplementary readings which you are expected to read will be listed most weeks online.
Domestic fee $892.00
International fee $4,563.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment