SPA431 GIS 1: Geographic Information Science Foundations (8)

This subject introduces students to, and provides a foundation in Geographic Information Science (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. On completion, students are able to undertake basic spatial analysis using GIS.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate study only

Subject Relationships

SPA215 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

SPA215, SPA415

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the elements of vector and raster data models, structures and data capture
  • be able to demonstrate skills in describing spatial analysis methodology
  • be able to apply GIS operations to solve a spatial problem
  • be able to identify and apply cartographic principles and describe coordinate systems
  • be able to critically evaluate spatial data representation and results of geoprocessing


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introducing GIS
  • Georeferencing and datums
  • Map projections and coordinate systems
  • GIS data models
  • Cartography, mapping and presenting GIS data
  • GIS vector analysis
  • GIS raster analysis
  • Spatial data sources
  • Spatial data input and accuracy

Special Resources

ArcGIS software is used in this subject. The software and licence are supplied to students.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.