SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing (8)

This subject focuses on the integration of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. It builds on a student's existing knowledge and skills in spatial information, to examine the use of these GIS and remote sensing technologies as they apply to natural resource management problems. A major emphasis will be placed on students completing a case study incorporating the use of remote sensing and GIS. The subject  has no residential school. Students completing this subject are able to develop and present a project outline which requires the integration of remote sensing and GIS technologies.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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

SPA417 and SPA415

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth knowledge about the way integrated remote sensing/GIS projectscan address a broad range of real world uses
  • have the ability to process raster data for merging with GIS data
  • be able to extract information from raster based data using computer-based classification; Integrate raster data into a GIS for data analysis
  • have the ability to develop a project outline which requires the integration of remote sensing and GIS technologies and present and communicate this coherently


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Models of data integration;
  2. Raster image rectification;
  3. Raster image classification;
  4. Data stratification;
  5. Thematic data accuracy assessment;
  6. Data error sources;
  7. GIS analytical techniques;
  8. Map design and production.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPA412 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1: how to create a geoglyph
Practical report
Assessment item 3: major assignment

Special Resources

Students are expected to be able to gain access for a significant amount of the session to an IBM PC or one of its many variants.Students will be supplied with ENVI and ESRI ArcView GIS as well as key data sets to allow the completion of all practical exercises

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.