SPA503 GIS Algorithms (8)

In this subject students learn the advanced mathematical knowledge and skills required to analyse and develop mathematical algorithms for GIS. This includes developing a good understanding of mathematical concepts required for the development of GIS related algorithms, developing skills in solving linear algebra problems, having an ability to analyse, modify and design various GIS algorithms.  

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA503. 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

Undergraduate students may not enrol in this subject unless approved by their Course Director and the Subject Coordinator.

Students who have completed SPA403 may not enrol in this subject

Assumed Knowledge

Introductory mathematics at tertiary level and GIS background at the level of SPA415 or equivalent.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to implement mathematical concepts required for the development of GIS related algorithms;
  • be able to make sound judgements regarding the appropriate applications of computational geometry concepts to GIS;
  • be able to analyse, modify and design various GIS algorithms that employ geometrical concepts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Concept of space as applied to GIS
  • Matrix operations
  • Vectors in Euclidean space
  • Geometric algorithms used in GIS
  • Geometry of transformations used in GIS
  • Line simplification and smoothing
  • Interpolation and curve fitting
  • Graphs, networks and topology
  • The use of a computer algebra package in the development of spatial algorithms


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.