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Geographical Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems provides one of the major contact points between emerging computer technology and applied geographic skills. GIS involves the use of mapping skills, the use of information with a locational reference, and skills in geographical analysis and interpretation.

This specialisation aims to ensure that you are proficient in the full range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) functions and can use GIS with a wide range of data sets and applications.

GIS specialists are employed by most government departments, many private industries and consultants, and local and regional councils.

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Graduate and Postgraduate Admission and Requirements

A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialisation is available in conjunction with the Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (BSocSc(Hons)), Postgraduate Certificate in Geography (PGCert(Geog)), the Postgraduate Diploma in Geography (PGDip(Geog)) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies and Demography (PGDip(Dem)).

Entry to the these qualifications is open to suitably qualified candidates who have completed study at an advanced level and satisfied any prerequisites for graduate study in Geographic Information Systems.

Students must complete the requirements of the BSocSc(Hons), PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog) or PGDip(Dem) as well as fulfill the requirements of the specialisation:

30 points from: GEOG538, GEOG548, GEOG568
and 30 points from: GEOG518, GEOG590, GEOG591 or POPS591

The 590 Directed Study or 591 Dissertation must comprise a research topic involving a substantial component of GIS and must be developed in consultation with the Programme Convenor for the subject and the GIS Specialisation Co-ordinator. Students who have not completed the equivalent of GEOG328 Geographic Information Systems will be required to complete GEOG558 Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning.


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