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  • Objectives
    This course is designed for professionals and practitioners from diverse backgrounds who are looking to develop their geographic information science knowledge and skills. Through a series of coursework units you will be introduced to geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis, and develop skills in the management and use of geospatial data.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants are assumed to have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first year university level. Those without this background may be required to undertake appropriate preparatory units.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science
  • Course description
    Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

    GradCertGIS(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 032964E
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 0.5 Years

    Introduction

    This course is designed for professionals and practitioners from a diverse range of areas to acquire and build their knowledge and skills within geographic information science (GIScience). The course introduces geographic information systems and spatial data analysis/scientific computing, and helps to develop skills in the management and use of spatial data. Students are encouraged to select options from areas related to their interests. This course is available on campus and by distance education (via online learning) to Australian and international students.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary educational institution. The qualification may be in any discipline. Applicants are assumed to have a background in mathematics and statistics equivalent to first year university level. Applicants without this background may be required to undertake appropriate preparatory units.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Upon graduation, students are eligible to enrol directly in the Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science and will be eligible for recognition of prior learning to the value of 100 credits in that award. Optional units are intended to provide students with a broader and deeper insight into the knowledge, skills and applications of GIScience. Recognition of prior learning is not normally granted for optional units.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is normally undertaken on a part-time basis over one year. It may also be possible to complete this course in one semester depending on unit availability. Part-time and external study is only available to Australian resident students and international students studying outside Australia. Flexible modes of program delivery are utilised and the course is available on campus and online.

    Course Organisation

    The student's study program consists of two full foundation units which reflect the field of geographic information science. These units are extended by two specialist options in the broad area of the spatial sciences. Optional units are listed below. Other specialist optional units are offered in applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, environmental biology, cartography, computing science, environmental management, geology, natural resources, remote sensing, surveying, urban and regional planning, and related disciplines. The individual optional units must be approved by the Department's coordinator of postgraduate studies.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1

    12450       v.3           Geographic Data Analysis 582                                     5.0     25.0
          OR
    306454     v.1           Spatial Computations 581                                           5.0     25.0
    4556         v.4           Geographic Information Systems 581                          4.0     25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:              50.0
                                                                                                                                  100.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1                                             Hrs/Wk     Credit

    10510       v.3           Photogrammetric Mapping 582                                    5.0     25.0
    10511       v.2           Thematic Cartography 581                                          5.0     25.0
    10513       v.4           Remote Sensing and Image Processing 581               5.0     25.0
    12450       v.3           Geographic Data Analysis 582                                     5.0     25.0
    12452       v.3           GIS Management 581                                                  5.0     25.0
    13382       v.2           Spatial Database Systems 582                                    5.0     25.0
    302231     v.3           Geographic Information Science Topics 581                 5.0     25.0
    306454     v.1           Spatial Computations 581                                            5.0     25.0
    307424     v.2           Coordinate and Mapping Systems 582                         5.0     25.0
    310046     v.1           Web GIS 581                                                                4.0     25.0
    310360     v.2           Geographic Information Systems Programming 582     4.0     25.0
    310835     v.1           Geographic Data Structures 582                                  4.0     25.0
    4554         v.7           Spatial Analysis 581                                                     5.0     25.0
    4558         v.6           Spatial Data Handling 582                                            5.0     25.0

    Availability

    Year      Location                 Period           Internal         Fully Online#
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1                             Y

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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