GEOG323-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Geospatial Analysis in the Social and Environmental Sciences

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course provides an introduction to spatial analysis, an important tool for exploring, analysing, modelling and visualising geospatial data. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and understand spatial patterns resulting from social and physical processes operating on the surface of Earth, such as epidemics, crime and pollution. A variety of software packages will be introduced and used to explore different aspects of spatial analysis. A number of issues inherent to dealing with spatial data, such as the ecological fallacy and modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP), will also be highlighted.

Learning Outcomes

  • The outcomes envisaged are both subject specific (enhancing students’ GIS skills) as well as transferable. By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand what spatial methods are appropriate for varying data types.
  • Be aware of some of the societal problems and critiques associated with GIS.
  • Carry out an advanced GIS or spatial analysis research project using GIS.
  • Be competent users of mainstream GIS software, gaining skills employers require. Critically appraise spatial analysis in published work.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points of 200-level Geography, including GEOG205, or in special cases with approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 211 GIS Comp Lab 16 Jul - 5 Aug
13 Aug - 26 Aug
24 Sep - 7 Oct
02 Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 211 GIS Comp Lab 16 Jul - 5 Aug
13 Aug - 26 Aug
24 Sep - 7 Oct

Course Coordinator

Ioannis Delikostidis

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Haining, Robert P; Spatial data analysis : theory and practice; Cambridge University Press, 2003.

O'Sullivan, David , Unwin, D; Geographic information analysis; 2nd ed; John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

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