Geographic Information Systems (2022)

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, STATS111, STATS121 or STATS221; 30 points from EARTH251, GEOGY228, POPST201 or ENVPL309; and GEOGY328.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Internet Waikato College) & 22X (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 Programming15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Internet Waikato College), 22H (Hamilton) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper continues from COMPX101, expanding upon data organisation and algorithms, and introducing code contracts, computer architecture, Boolean algebra, assembly language, program analysis and object-oriented programming.
    STATS111Statistics for Science15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga) & 22C (Internet 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.
    STATS121Introduction to Statistical Methods15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Online)
    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
    EARTH251Applied Earth Sciences15.022A (Hamilton)
    A field-based paper involving data collection and spatial analysis across Earth sciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of surface and subsurface materials, and geomorphology from field and aerial image interpretation; and analysis of measurements of processes acting on the landscape.
    GEOGY228Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and Big Data15.022A (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 Studies15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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.
    STATS221Statistical Data Analysis15.022A (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENVPL309Urban Spatial Analysis15.022B (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 Systems15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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...

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 22 October 2021 7:02pm

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