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ATS2780

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitGeographic Information Systems
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr. Xuan Zhu and Dr. Stephen Legg

Notes

Previously coded GES2910

Synopsis

The unit provides an introduction to basic concepts and methods of geographical analysis, covering the concepts and methods of spatial thinking and geographical representation, with reference to real-world examples; the basic principles of cartography, including concepts of scale and map projection, as well as designing and making maps for visualizing spatial distributions and relations; and an introduction to geographical information systems (GIS) which provide computer-based tools for geographical analysis and representation. The unit is relevant to students in many fields of study that entail an understanding of the geographical dimensions of physical and social processes.

Outcomes

  1. To introduce basic concepts of geography and geographical analysis and representation;
  2. To introduce methods and techniques of geographical analysis, including spatial representations, cartography, spatial data manipulation and analysis in GIS;
  3. To develop skills and competency in basic methods of spatial reasoning and geographical analysis through hands-on practicals and projects using real-world data;

Assessment

Poster (on a chosen spatial debate): 20%
Practical work: 20%
Tutorial essays: 20%
Written exam (2 hour): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week, and one 3-hour practical per fortnight

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