Geographic Information Systems (2019)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an interdisciplinary subject that involves cartography and mapping skills, geographical analysis and interpretation, ecology and spatial economics. It provides one of the major contact points between emerging computer technology and applied geographic skills.

To complete a minor in Geographic Information Systems, students must complete 60 points, including at least 15 points from COMPX101, COMPX102, STATS111, COMPX233 or STATS221; 30 points from EARTH251, ENVPL202, or POPST201; and GEOGY328.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (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 Programming19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    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 Science19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Tauranga)
    This paper provides a first course in statistics for students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Microsoft Excel is used throughout. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMPX223Database Practice and Experience19A (Hamilton)
    This paper approaches the subject of databases from a practical perspective - how do I create a database and how do I retrieve/update data. Both aspects are heavily addressed in this paper. Database creation and querying, using SQL, will be introduced in lectures as you will master practical skills associated with a commercial Data...
    EARTH251Spatial Analysis in Geosciences19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to quantitative spatial analysis in the geosciences, including production of maps and cross-sections of geomorphology and Earth materials from field and aerial image interpretation, use of 3D models of Earth materials, and an appreciation of volumes and stresses in the Earth's crust.
    ENVPL202Cartography and Spatial Analysis19A (Hamilton)
    This paper is the second year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it balances technical skill developments and critical analyses in urban and environmental planning.
    POPST201Population Studies19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Analysis19A (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 Occurrence / Location
    GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)
    This paper is the third year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it provides students with technical skills in the use of GIS as well as critical analysis of applications in both physical and human Geography.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 18 June 2019 9:47am

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