Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing [exit point only]

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What is this course about?

CSU’s Master of GIS and Remote Sensing provides specialised training in using spatial science to make critical decisions about the physical and built environment. Graduates undertake technical tasks such as land mapping, satellite and aerial photographic image processing, remote sensing, land and resource management and spatial data analysis.

What will I learn?

CSU’s Master of GIS and Remote Sensing allows graduates to build their knowledge and practical expertise in spatial science and remote sensing technology from an introductory level through to a high level of expertise with independent study and project experience at the Master level.

Graduates of this course will have advanced knowledge and skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS). As a graduate, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in spatial science to collect, map, analyse and present information about the physical and built environment. You will be able to use your creativity, initiative and independent judgement to use specialised techniques to address a wide variety of spatial problems.

You may also choose to exit the course early, with the Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing after successfully completing 32 points (four subjects) or the Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing after successfully completing 64 points (eight subjects). The exit points offer considerable flexibility, allowing students to gain the GIS and Remote Sensing knowledge and qualification they need today, and to add to their credentials at a later date if necessary.

There are no residential schools associated with this course.

Career opportunities

Demand for graduates is strong. Graduates have a wide choice of careers in  private industry or in government. They use their skills to help resolve environmental (lands, forests and water) and social (health crime, development) problems. Graduates are employed by a range of government agencies, businesses, and companies involved in spatial science, either as consultants or as staff, in roles relating to surveying, remote sensing, GIS analysis, laser scanning or hydrographic surveying.

Why study this degree?

CSU works in close association with industry, professionals and government to ensure our courses meet and support their needs.

CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education.

We develop holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We give students the ability to influence the world for the better. As a CSU student, you will benefit from being taught by dedicated professionals with many years of collective experience in the field.  Their research output is ranked by the Commonwealth government as being “above world class”. CSU’s library and world-class learning platforms provide a broad range of literature and learning materials.

Flexible study options

CSU is a leading provider of distance education and flexible study options to help you fit study into your life. In particular, flexible study options provide you with choices about where, when, and how learning occurs.  You can:

  • study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you will be able to balance their work, life and study commitments by taking between one and four subjects each session

  • vary your pattern to suit your career aspirations. We understand you come to CSU because you want an interesting job. Students can vary (with permission) from the recommended pool of subjects to meet their career aspirations.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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