SPA215 Principles of Geographic Information Systems (8)


This subject introduces students to, and provides a foundation in the use of geographic information systems (GIS). Students develop the basic theoretical, technical and analytical skills necessary to apply GIS to simple spatial problems. The subject contains a significant element of practical work in which students are encouraged to directly apply their theoretical knowledge. Attention is focused on the operations of GIS and the application of GIS to simple spatial analysis. While the software is supplied, it is important students have access to up-to-date computer equipment. The subject has no residential school and, on completion, students are able to undertake basic spatial analysis within a GIS.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA215
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

 Students who have completed SPA415 or SPA115 may not enrol in this subject
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
SPA115 SPA415 SPA415 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad conceptual understanding of a GIS and its operation
  • have a broad conceptual understanding of spatial data and objects and data structures
  • have specialised skills in using computer systems so that they are able to undertake basic spatial analysis within a GIS and use it as a decision support system appropriately
  • be able to identify problems associated with GIS analysis, such as data accuracy and data transfer


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • GIS definitions, history and cartographic principles
  • GIS data types and structures
  • Database Management
  • Data acquisition and GPS
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Cartography


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.