AAR5290 - Innovations in Digital Mapping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 100/100

Course content

This course introduces students to the fast-evolving fields of digital mapping and their application to urban development.

The course concerns an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Theory, methods, techniques and applications are illustrated in lectures, seminars, demonstrations and practical exercises. Issues that will be covered are: GIS concept, the raster and vector principles, data capture, data modelling, handling of attribute tabular data, spatial analysis and query, mapping layout etc.

Learning outcome

By the end of course students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of critical trends and debates in the uses of social media
2. Apply knowledge in GIS and other tools in the design of programmes and projects
3. Critically examine the emerging strengths and weaknesses of digital media and its application to decision-making and improved programmes
4. Apply acquired knowledge and skills solving a variety of tasks related to geographic analysis and physical planning.

Learning methods and activities

Concentrated workshops with lectures and practical methods training.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Heywood I, Cornelius S and Carver S (2011) An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Prentice Hall. 4th edition

OCHA (2013) Humanitarianism in the network age. OCHA policy and study series. United Nations. Geneva. Available at: https://ochanet.unocha.org/p/Documents/WEB%20Humanitarianism%20in%20the%20Network%20Age%20vF%20single.pdf

World Disasters Report (2013) Focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action. IFRC, Geneva. Available at: http://www.ifrc.org/PageFiles/134658/WDR%202013%20complete.pdf


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Work 100/100
Summer UTS Work 100/100
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