Spatial Information and Analysis

The knowledge and skills you will develop

If you’ve ever dropped a pin into Google maps, or found the shortest route using the public transport network, then you’ve engaged with Spatial Information and Analysis.

This module includes courses from Geographic Information Science, the study of the data structures and techniques used to capture, process and visualise geographic information. It is estimated that 80% of data collected has some spatial component, whether it’s a city name, a street address or even a precise set of co-ordinates.

You will learn how data collected by satellites and drones, government-sourced data, and social media platforms can be used to examine a wide range of social and natural processes. 

How this module can be useful in your career

You will gain a knowledge and awareness of social, cultural, environmental and economic issues that are important in New Zealand. This understanding would benefit a range of careers in local and national government, communities, not-for-profit organisations, companies or organisations that engage with iwi, as well as the wider public sector.

The courses you can take

You must complete three of the courses listed below (45 points).

Each course is worth 15 points. Before you can enrol in a Stage II course you need to have passed the prerequisite courses for enrolment in that course.

Stage I course

Geographic Information and Spatial Thinking

Stage II courses

Remote Sensing

GISCI 242 
Spatial Analysis for Human Environments

Stage III courses

GEOG 342 
Technology, Society and Environment

GISCI 341 
Advanced Remote Sensing

GISCI 343 
GIScience Programming and Development