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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPA313 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 %
Project proposal
Arcgis modelling and scripting project
Take home exam

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.