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GEOG19021 - Geographic Information Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Geographic Information Systems are essential technologies and tools for the analysis, presentation and management of spatially related data. This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methodologies used in the application of these technologies. It will develop a student's skills in data and information discovery, evaluation and access as well as inform students on how to set up and implement a GIS project.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 Units of Credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2015

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.4% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student satisfaction survey.
Feedback
Student satisfaction survey responese indicate the Moodle site and learning materials are useful (even enjoyable) to acquiring GIS skills.
Recommendation
In the CQURenew redesign of the unit retain the general current learning design.
Action Taken
Achieved according to 2021 student satisfaction feedback.
Source: Student satisfaction survey.
Feedback
Student satisfaction survey responeses indicate that Portfolio #4 assessment needs improvement in terms of explaining the task.
Recommendation
The Portfolio #4 assessment will be rewritten.
Action Taken
Portfolio #4 was rewritten and student feedback in 2021 was positive.
Source: Student satisfaction feedback 2021.
Feedback
Some more 'how to' explanatory videos.
Recommendation
The unit lead will craft some 'how to' ArcGIS Pro videos.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student satisfaction feedback 2021.
Feedback
The textbook taught version 2.6 of ArcGIS Pro but the CQU GIS is at version 2.7.
Recommendation
The unit lead will review the capacity to deprecate the CQU ArcGIS Pro license offering to students to match the version subject of the textbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student satisfaction feedback 2021.
Feedback
The unit is engaging and provides employment skills.
Recommendation
The unit lead will maintain the focus on employment skills quantified by the industry reference group.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand basic cartographic theory, construction and practice.
  2. Understand basic GIS dataset creation operations.
  3. Understand basic digital map production.
  4. Discuss data discovery, evaluation and capture.
  5. Discuss the implications of GIS in business and property processes.
  6. Enhance your research and analytical skills.
  7. Enhance your GIS application and spatial data evaluation skills.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment