SPA313 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling (8)

This subject challenges the student to utilise their entire learned spatial toolbox on a real-world modelling problem. The subject teaches students how to turn tools into models, and introduces the idea of developing applications from those models. Students will employ vector, raster and 3-dimensional analysis to provide creative solutions to a planning problem. Tasks will be tackled in a structured manner, using flowcharting, project management, background research and formal reporting. Uncertainty management is also addressed. The subject  has no residential school. Students completing this subject have the ability to apply advanced knowledge and skills in GIS and remote sensing to lead a spatial analysis project through its entire life cycle: from concept to solution and final report.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA313. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

SPA3%% or higher

Subject Relationships

SPA501 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply their advanced knowledge and skills in GIS and remote sensing to lead a spatial analysis project through its entire life cycle, from concept to solution and final report
  • have the ability to plan the steps required to turn a spatial analysis solution into a deliverable such as an application or plug-in
  • be able to apply critical thinking to use and intelligently convert information between, vector, raster, and 3D modelling
  • have the ability to incorporate uncertainty and error into confidence metrics for model output
  • have professional skills such as the appropriate use of published research in specialist application areas to develop models using mathematics and spatial analysis


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Project management;
  • Process flowcharting and model design;
  • Report and proposal writing;
  • Types of spatial models;
  • Model/software integration;
  • Practical uncertainty management;
  • Three-dimensional, raster, vector modelling tools.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.