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132.738 GIS Principles and Applications (30 credits)

A conceptual and operational understanding of Geographic Information Systems. Students will create and link map and attribute data, perform overlay analysis, perform network analysis, create digital terrain models, make logical queries of the database, apply GIS to catchment analysis and axial analysis, present information in map form and create an application using ArcGIS. Computer-based studios.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Dr John Lowry Jr
  • Subject: Resource & Environmental Plan
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

Note: You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Special notes

  • Distance students must have internet access. Broadband headset and microphone recommended for online meetings.


  • Start Date: Monday 26 February, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 24 June, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 12 March, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 25 May, 2018

Contact workshops

There is no contact workshop for this course


Course fees for 2018

  • Domestic Students: NZD $2,293.25 *
  • International Students NZD $9,170.00 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2018 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Digital mapping, including map projections, scale, the nature of cartographic objects, topology and cartographic presentation.
  2. Relational database design, including data normalisation and entity modelling.
  3. Elementary spatial analysis, including overlaying and selection by attribute.
  4. Terrain modelling.
  5. Network modelling.
  6. Hydrologic modelling.
  7. Digitise maps, create maps from digital data and ensure correct topology.
  8. Create attribute data and link it to map data.
  9. Perform overlays, buffers and make logical queries using ArcGIS.
  10. Create digital terrain views.
  11. Create networks and use them in location-allocation modelling and address matching.
  12. Create catchment basin maps and calculate flow direction, trace connectivity, and identify stream characteristics.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Laboratory 50.0%
2 Online Quiz 10.0%
3 Online Test 40.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve an average of 50% to pass the course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • Gis For Environmental Applications
    Author: Xuan Zhu
    ISBN: 9780415829076
    Edition: 1st
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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