Courses - Faculty of Science

Geographic Information Science

Stage I

15 Points

Geographic Information and Spatial Thinking

An introduction to the conceptual base of Geographic Information Science, the practical use of geo-spatial data and various societal issues related to the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. This course will introduce students to a range of contemporary geospatial technologies. It covers key concepts and principles behind the development and application of these technologies. The course exercises cover a range of application of GIS for analysis and display of spatial data, focusing on non-programmable solutions.

Restriction: GEOG 210

Stage II

15 Points

Principles of Remote Sensing

An introduction to remote sensing tools and techniques and their application within the earth, environmental and urban environments. The course focuses on the processing, analysis and interpretation of data collected by government and commercial satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and aerial photography. The course introduces image interpretation, multispectral images, supervised and unsupervised image classification and change detection. Techniques for analysing remote sensing data are introduced through a series and lab-based activities and are applied during an independent project.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

15 Points

Principles of GIScience

Spatial analysis and GIScience applications of spatial data handling for built and natural environments within the context of theoretical frameworks for understanding human-driven and physical phenomena. Develops advanced practical knowledge of methodology and applications for changing environments. Focus topics include climate change, air pollution, healthcare access, transportation, and 3D game worlds.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: GEOG 318

15 Points

Special Topic

Stage III

15 Points

Advanced Remote Sensing

Further develops key concepts of geographic information science as it is applied to earth and environmental sciences including physical geography. Covers techniques for describing the physical environment and ways of analysing and visualising the environment with an emphasis on raster-based surface models. Also compares theories of remote sensing from space, the air, non-imagery raster data. Skills in analysing and properly using various types of remote sensing materials are developed through labs.

Prerequisite: GISCI 241

Restriction: GEOG 317

15 Points

GIScience Programming and Development

Programming and scripting-based techniques for spatial big data analysis, spatial data handling, modelling, automation, and development for the GIScience domain.

Prerequisite: 15 points from GISCI 241, 242, GEOG 317, 318

15 Points

Special Topic

15 Points

Directed Study

Prerequisite: Academic Head approval

15 Points

Capstone: GIScience

Students will independently demonstrate domain knowledge through applying their skills as members of groups completing a community-based GIScience projects serving needs identified by community stakeholders. Groups will be assembled based on skillsets of individual students (e.g., programming, remote sensing, advanced vector analysis, etc.), and students will be assessed on their independent contributions to the group project.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Geographic Information Science