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Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

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Secure specialised skills to make critical decisions about the physical, ecological and built environment with CSU's Master of GIS and Remote Sensing.

Learn how to design and conduct remote sensing data gathering alongside the best techniques, equipment, spectral band, and time of day for a particular mission. This course will position you to use spatial science in arenas such as land mapping, satellite and aerial photographic image processing, remote sensing, land and resource management and spatial data analysis.

  • Why study this course?

    If you have an undergraduate degree that is not related to studies in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), this course is for you. Build your knowledge and practical expertise in spatial science and remote sensing technology from an introductory level through to a high level of expertise. Undertake independent study and project experience at the masters level.

    Advance your knowledge and skills in GIS and remote sensing

    As a graduate, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in spatial science to collect, map, analyse and present information about the physical, ecological and built environment. Use your creativity, initiative and independent judgement to use specialised techniques to address a wide variety of spatial problems.

    Choose your pathway

    This course offers exit points at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma levels. Exit points offer flexibility, allowing you to gain the GIS and remote sensing knowledge and qualification you need today, and to add to your credentials at a later date if necessary.

    Flexible study options

    CSU is a leading provider of online study, helping you to fit study into your life. You can study at your own pace and vary your pattern to suit your career aspirations. We understand you come to CSU because you want an interesting career. You can vary, with permission from your Course Director, from the recommended pool of subjects to meet your career aspirations.

    Supporting industry needs

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure our courses meet and support industry needs. We contextualise learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities.

  • Career opportunities

    Demand for GIS and remote-sensing specialists is strong, with a broad range of career choice in private industry or in government. Graduates work in a range of industries requiring geographical information.

    Environmental management

    Work across complex environments and stakeholder groups to deliver projects balancing environmental, industry and community requirements. Use and implement distribution modelling support plant and animal conservation.

    Build asset management systems

    Use your skills to support corporate graphical information and asset management systems across government and the corporate sector.

    Assess community needs and resources toward building holistic regional solutions

    Community problems often require a geographic examination. Maps that contain detailed information about social, economic, and political trends can be a valuable resource in community problem solving. These maps can be constructed using GIS, a digital mapping system, and could advance community projects and building.

  • Workplace learning

    CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure our courses meet and support industry needs. We contextualise learning in a way that empowers and motivates students, while assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities.

    At CSU, you will learn through practical and field experience. This will give relevance to what you are learning and help you construct your own understanding of the course material. We provide this through practical, real world assessment tasks as well as through field trips so you can learn the skills that environmental managers need.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 11 compulsory subjects (88 points) and 1 elective (8 points). 

    Graduate Certificate
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    SPA417 Remote Sensing of the Environment


    Graduate Diploma
    Graduate Certificate subjects plus
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation
    SPA501 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling
    SPA512 Cartography and Data Visualisation

    Masters
    Graduate Diploma subjects plus
    SPA407 Applied Geostatistics
    SPA503 GIS Algorithms
    SPA504 Remote Sensing Algorithms
    Elective

    Enrolment pattern

    Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

    A normal enrolment pattern would be as follows. Minor amendment to the order in which subjects are completed at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level may be negotiated with the Course Director.

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    SPA415 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
    SPA417 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    SPA405 Image Analysis
    SPA406 GIS Applications
    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing)

    Year 2 Session 1(30)
    SPA512 Cartography & Data Visualisation
    SPA414 Critical Review of GIS and Geocomputation

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    SPA501 Advanced GIS Applications and Modelling
    SPA412 Integrated GIS/Remote Sensing
    (Students can exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma of GIS and Remote Sensing)

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    SPA503 GIS Algorithms
    Elective

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    SPA407 Applied Geostatistics
    SPA504 Remote Sensing Algorithms
    (Students exit at this point with a Master of GIS and Remote Sensing)

  • Admission information

    A completed Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a University or other tertiary education provider.
    OR
    A completed Diploma of at least 2 years in area of specialisation from a University or other tertiary education provider.
    AND
    Spatial sciences industry experience of at least 2 years.
    AND
    Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency requirements apply.


     

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol Type

    ModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOSGI
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSGI

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete 96 points to pass level or better.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • About the School

    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following Study Link subjects:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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