SPA432 GIS 2: Geographic Information Science Applications (8)

This subject extends the study of Geographic Information Science (GIS) by developing skills in the complex modelling of spatial data, and it is assumed that students have basic GIS knowledge and experience. The practical component forms an integral part in developing specialist skills in GIS modelling. 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)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA432. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Introductory GIS knowledge equivalent to SPA215, SPA415 OR SPA431

Subject Relationships

SPA308 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

SPA308, SPA406

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply and explain sampling and interpolation techniques
  • be able to apply and explain network and least-cost path analysis techniques
  • be able to apply and explain terrain and watershed analysis techniques
  • be able to make use of published literature to evaluate spatial analysis techniques
  • be able to describe and implement a basic spatial analysis project
  • be able to describe the ethical implications of spatial data use


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Vector and raster analysis
  • Pattern analysis and interpolation
  • Network and least-cost path analysis
  • Terrain and watershed analysis
  • Introduction to project management
  • Ethical considerations in spatial modelling

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPA432 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

Special Resources

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

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.