SPA433 GIS 3: Advanced Geographic Information Science (8)

In this subject student learn how to create solutions to advanced spatial analysis problems. Topics include spatial database creation and management, iterative approaches to spatial problem-solving using scripted programming, and uncertainty management and error metrics for spatial modelling. Students completing this subject will have the ability to apply advanced knowledge and skills in GIS to lead a spatial analysis project through its life-cycle, from concept, to solution and final report.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPA433. 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

Background knowledge in Geographic Information Science and practical experience with GIS software equivalent to SPA431 and SPA432.

Incompatible Subjects

SPA313, SPA501

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to propose, design and implement a spatial analysis project
  • be able to produce, manage and query a spatial database
  • be able to describe and apply programming steps to iterate a series of spatial data processing tools
  • be able to develop a spatial analysis solution into a GIS tool
  • be able to incorporate and interpret uncertainty and error metrics in spatial analysis


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Spatial science project design, management and reporting
  • Spatial database management
  • Iterative process design and flowcharting to solve spatial analysis problems
  • Foundational spatial analysis tool-development using a programming language
  • Methods for quantifying uncertainty and error in spatial analysis

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPA433 in Session 1 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 %
Project proposal
Arcgis modelling and scripting project
Take home exam

Special Resources

Spatial information software (ArcGIS) is used in this subject. Software is supplied.

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.