Geographic Information Systems (2023)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is widely used by industry because it is a framework for storing, mapping and analysing information on land and water. Physical and human geography students, as well as ecology and population study students, are quick to identify the importance of GIS knowledge for employment.
GIS is available as a minor.
To complete a minor in GIS, students must complete 60 points, including 15 points from COMPX101, COMPX102, DATAX111, DATAX121 or DATAX221; 30 points from EARTH251, GEOGY228, POPST201 or ENVPL309; and GEOGY328.
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Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location COMPX101 Introduction to Programming 15.0 23A (Hamilton), 23A (Online), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Secondary School - Unistart) & 23X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc... COMPX102 Object-Oriented Programming 15.0 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Secondary School - Unistart), 23B (Tauranga), 23H (Hamilton) & 23X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) This paper builds on introductory programming experience, and assumes a knowledge of basic programming techniques, which it expands on particularly in the areas of data organisation and algorithms. It also provides an introduction to: object-oriented programming, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, and progra... DATAX111 Statistics for Science 15.0 23B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga) An introductory paper in statistics that uses Microsoft Excel. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data. DATAX121 Introduction to Statistical Methods 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Secondary School - Unistart) An introduction to statistical data collection and analysis. Topics include general principles for statistical problem solving; some practical examples of statistical inference; and the study of relationships between variables using regression analysis.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location DATAX221 Statistical Data Analysis 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the R programming language which is used to investigate a collection of real data sets. Analysis of variance, multiple regression, non parametric methods and time series are covered. EARTH251 Applied Earth Sciences 15.0 23A (Hamilton) A field-based paper involving data collection and spatial analysis across several Earth Science sub-disciplines to determine the processes operating on our landscape. This includes geological mapping, geomorphological analysis in the field and from aerial images, stream gauging, as well as soil characterization and mapping. The pap... GEOGY228 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and Big Data 15.0 23A (Hamilton) GIS and big data are revolutionising the application of Geography in the job market. This paper provides foundational knowledge in digital Geography and Geographical Information Systems, which are used at level 3 and postgraduate level. Students will develop confidence in the use of GIS, cartography, and data handling techniques. POPST201 Population Studies 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online) This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENVPL309 Urban Spatial Analysis 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper will provide students with hands-on spatial analytical skills for planning practice in an urban context. Students will develop quantitative problem solving and spatial thinking skills applied to real-world urban problems. GEOGY328 Geographical Information Systems 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online) GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is compulsory for the GIS minor and covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is used in the labs and students have the opportunity to instal...
2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 7 June 2023 9:03am