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ITLS6107: Applied GIS and Spatial Data Analytics

2020 unit information

The world is increasingly filled with systems, devices and sensors collecting large amounts of data on a continual basis. Most of these data are associated with locations that represent everything from the movement of individuals travelling between activities to the flow of goods or transactions along a supply chain and from the location of companies to those of their current and future customers. Taking this spatial context into account transforms analyses, problem-solving and provides a powerful method of visualising the world. This is the essence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and this unit. This unit starts by introducing students to the 'building blocks' of GIS systems, including data structures, relational databases, spatial queries and analysis. The focus then moves on to sources of spatial data including Global Positioning System (GPS), operational systems such as smartcard ticketing and transaction data along with web-based sources highlighting both the potential and challenges associated with integrating each data source within a GIS environment. The unit is hands-on involving learning how to use the latest GIS software to analyse several problems of interest using real 'big data' sources and to communicate the results in a powerful and effective way. These include identifying potential demand for new services or infrastructure, creating a delivery and scheduling plan for a delivery firm or examining the behaviour of travellers or consumers over time and locations. This unit is aimed at students interested in the spatial impact of decision-making and on the potential for using large spatial datasets for in-depth multi-faceted analytics.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Transport and Logistics Studies

Code ITLS6107
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the underlying theory behind GIS and the challenges in its use
  • LO2. identify the features of GIS and when to apply them
  • LO3. formulate strategies for solving business problems, assess each strategy and recommend and defend a single solution
  • LO4. demonstrate the effective communication of geographic information, to business stakeholders using GIS
  • LO5. describe the processes necessary for the collection, processing and analysis of geographic data
  • LO6. apply the appropriate features of GIS tools to analyse geographic characteristics for the purpose of achieving business objectives.

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Semester 2 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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Additional advice

This unit assumes no prior knowledge of GIS; the unit is hands-on involving the use of software, which students will be trained in using.