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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the mapping techniques that are essential to make sound decisions in resource management. Techniques used to collect data include field surveys (including work, health and safety and risk assessment), aerial photograph interpretation and global positioning systems (GPS). Interpretation of information represented in maps is used as a source of information. Organising data in a spreadsheet and geographic information system (GIS) is introduced. Representation of data in graphs and maps is assessed.

Unit content

Work, health and safety and risk assessment

Geographical techniques used in environmental management

Map interpretation and information extraction

Graphical representation of data (e.g. charts and infographics)

Appropriate accuracy, scale and uses of maps

Collecting data in the field (e.g. survey techniques global positioning systems)

Aerial photograph interpretation

Map production (symbology, metadata and TOSSLAD - title, orientation, scale, source, legend, author and date)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate map literacy and map and aerial photograph interpretation skills Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
2 produce a map that is accurate, at an appropriate scale and suitable for purpose Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 present data graphically Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 work in teams to collect and collate field data in a safe and efficient manner in order to locate, define and describe a study area. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate map literacy and map and aerial photograph interpretation skills
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. produce a map that is accurate, at an appropriate scale and suitable for purpose
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. present data graphically
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. work in teams to collect and collate field data in a safe and efficient manner in order to locate, define and describe a study area.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.