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Bachelor of Computer Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics is the combination of information technology, computer programming, remote sensing and data layering techniques known as geographical information systems (GIS) designed to analyse and interpret spatial data.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a technique for processing and managing spatial data. The outcome of GIS emphasises the efficient interpretation of spatial knowledge. It is used extensively by government planning organisations and industry, but is increasingly being used in a wider range of applications.

This degree integrates aspects of information technology, computer programming and spatial analysis techniques to comprehensively train a student in this growing field of spatial data processing and management. The degree provides grounding in the fundamentals of landscape recognition and interpretation in fields such as mineralogy, biogeography, soils, marine science and climatology, as well as the relevant areas of computer science and information technology.

This degree has two strands, non-Honours (coursework) and Honours (including a substantial research project).

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge
Approximate UAI: 77
Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English plus Mathematics.
For entry requirements for students 21 and over or international students, please refer to the relevant prospectus.

Course Requirements
To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Computer Geoinformatics, students must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points, as detailed, over four years full-time (or equivalent part-time). Students achieving a WAM of greater than 67.5 will undertake the Honours strand in their final year, while other students will continue in the non-Honours strand.

Course Program

Subjects   Credit Points
Year 1
CSCI103 Algorithms and Problem Solving 6
CSCI114 Procedural Programming 6
CSCI124 Object Programming 6
MATH121 Discrete Mathematics 6
Plus three of the following:
EESC101 Planet Earth 6
EESC102 Earth Environments and Resources 6
EESC103 Landscape Change and Climatology 6
EESC104 The Human Environment: Problems and Change 6
Plus one of the following:
MATH141 Mathematics 1C Part 1 6
MATH161 Mathematics 1E Part 1 6
MATH187 Mathematics 1A Part 1 6
Year 2    
CSCI204 The C Family and Unix 6
CSCI213 Java Programming and the Internet 6
CSCI235 Databases 6
STAT252 Statistics for the Natural Sciences 6
EESC204 Introductory Spatial Science 6
Plus any three 200-level EESC subjects 18
Note: a credit or higher in STAT252 is required before enrolling in STAT355.
Year 3    
CSCI315 Database Design and Implementation 6
CSCI336 Computer Graphics 6
STAT335 Sample Surveys and Experimental Designs 6
EESC304 Geographic Information Science 8
EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment 8
Plus any 300 level CSCI subject 6
Plus any 300-level EESC subject 8
Year 4 (Honours) - WAM > 67.5
INFO411 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6
EESC403 Geoinformatics Honours 36
Plus any 400 level INFO or IACT subject 6
Year 4 (Non-Honours)
INFO411 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6
Plus 300/400 level electives chosen from the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and/or Mathematics Schedules. At least 24 credit points must be at 400-level from the Computer Science and/or Mathematics Schedule. 42

To qualify for an award of Honours, students must satisfactorily complete the requirements listed in Year 4 (Honours) of the Course Program above. The classes of Honours awarded are defined in the Course Rules.


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