School of Public Health and Community Medicine

GIS and Analysis (YMED5010)

Description

Geographic Information Systems technology continues to play a key role in public administration and governmental operations related to the provision of public service, governmental decision-making, policy analysis and public program evaluation. This course will provide foundational information related to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to meet the various needs within governmental operations and public administration.

The first half of the semester will focus on developing skills within the various GIS tools while building upon philosophical and theoretical foundations of Geospatial Information Sciences used to model and analyse real world conditions. The second half of the semester will focus on each student’s specific area of interests through an independent research project utilizing GIS technology to address public sector issues. With the continually broadening scope of applications for which GIS technology can be applied, the opportunities are boundless with respect to the various projects that can be undertaken to improve governmental operations, the provision of public services, policy analysis, and program evaluation

Course Outcomes

The learning outcomes that students should achieve upon successful completion of this course. 

  1. A solid understanding of fundamental concepts, principles, and functions of GIS
  2. Be able to use different types of spatial data, their entry, analysis and display into a GIS
  3. Be able to utilise GIS technology to address a variety of issues
  4. Solid understanding of philosophical and theoretical foundations of Geospatial Information Sciences used to model and analyse real world conditions.
Teaching strategies

This course is being taught by Arizona State University (ASU), and will be offered to UNSW students. The course will be offered solely online, and utilise the internationally renowned online educational systems of ASU.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Class Participation
Weighting: 20%
Duration: Entire course

Assessment Task 2 - Mid Term Exam
Weighting: 30%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 3 - Final Project
Weighting: 50%
Length: n/a