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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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Online), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton Waikato College), 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...
    COMPX102Object-Oriented Programming15.023B (Hamilton), 23B (Secondary School - Unistart), 23B (Tauranga), 23C (Hamilton Waikato College), 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...
    DATAX111Statistics for Science15.023B (Hamilton), 23B (Tauranga) & 23C (Hamilton Waikato College)
    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.
    DATAX121Introduction to Statistical Methods15.023A (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DATAX221Statistical Data Analysis15.023A (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.
    EARTH251Applied Earth Sciences15.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper integrates an understanding of land/soil and water processes that occur at paddock to catchment to national scales. The focus is on land management practices and land evaluation to optimise resource use for productive purposes while avoiding or minimising unwanted environmental effects. Topics include: soil degradation, ...
    GEOGY228Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and Big Data15.023A (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.
    POPST201Population Studies15.023A (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENVPL309Urban Spatial Analysis15.023B (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.
    GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems15.023A (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 : 15 September 2022 7:18pm

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