SPA406 GIS Applications (8)


This subject extends the study of GIS by developing advanced skills in the complex modelling of spatial data. Subject modules include: 1) Vector and raster analysis, 2) Pattern analysis and interpolation; 3) Terrain analysis;4) Network and least-cost path analysis; 5) Modelling and flowcharting; 6) Watershed analysis. The practical component forms an integral part in developing the necessary skills in GIS modelling. It is assumed students have already had an introduction to GIS techniques. On completion of this subject students have the ability to make sound judgments regarding the appropriate use of spatial modelling, analysis of continuous surfaces, network analysis and raster analysis.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA406
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

Assumed Knowledge

Introductory GIS knowledge equivalent to SPA115, SPA215 OR SPA415

Enrolment restrictions

This subject is not available to students enrolled in an undergraduate course. Students who have completed SPA306 may not enrol in this subject.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
SPA306 SPA306 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the limitations of GIS data structures in modelling and the functionality essential to GIS applications
  • be able to undertake pattern analysis, spatial autocorrelation, semivariance and interpolation
  • be able to demonstrate terrain analysis, network and least-cost path analysis and watershed analysis techniques
  • be able to apply flowcharting techniques to identify and formalise GIS analysis methods
  • be able to critically evaluate published GIS literature


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Vector and raster analysis
  • Pattern analysis and interpolation
  • Terrain analysis
  • Network and least-cost path analysis
  • Modelling and flowcharting
  • Watershed analysis


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.