Spatial Information and Analysis

Spatial data collection and awareness is crucial for understanding and engaging with economic, political and cultural developments.

The knowledge and skills you will develop

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 coordinates. 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.

This module includes courses from Geographic Information Science, the study of the data structures and techniques used to capture, process and visualise geographic information.

How this module can be useful in your career

Data literacy is at the heart of developments in the new economy. Learning how to gather, interpret and implement spatial information could help prepare you for work in areas such as urban planning, conservation, technology and climate change. You could find yourself working in local or national government, not-for-profit organisations and companies or organisations that engage with iwi.

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

GEOG 103
Mapping Our World (Summer or Semester One) 

Stage II courses

Remote Sensing (Semester Two) 

GISCI 242 
Spatial Analysis for Human Environments (Semester One) 

Stage III courses

GEOG 342 (not offered in 2022) 
Technology, Society and Environment

GISCI 341 (Semester Two)
Advanced Remote Sensing

GISCI 343 (Semester One) 
GIScience Programming and Development