SPA308 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.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA308. 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

Students who have completed SPA406 may not enrol in this subject

Assumed Knowledge

Introductory GIS equivalent to SPA115, SPA215 OR SPA415

Subject Relationships

SPA406 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPA308 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Interpolation report
Hiking time report
Terrain and watershed analysis presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.