Geographic Information Systems (2021)

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, COMPX223 or STATS221; 30 points from EARTH251, ENVPL202 or POPST201; and GEOGY328.


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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX101Introduction to Programming15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Programming15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21H (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Science15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COMPX223Database Practice and Experience15.021A (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 Geosciences15.021A (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 Analysis15.021A (Hamilton)
    Confidence in the use of information technologies are essential for most jobs involving geography and environmental planning. Lectures and computer lab exercises involving Excel and ArcGIS provide an introduction to GIS, GPS, cartography, databases, and spatial analysis. This a compulsory paper for the Environmental Planning Degree...
    POPST201Population Studies15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (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 Analysis15.021A (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
    GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online) & 21B (Block - Tauranga)
    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...

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 9 July 2021 3:44pm

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