Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

186107 v.4 Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science


Course CRICOS Code: 016549J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


The course is intended for students with a significant knowledge and experience of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and has been designed as the first stage in obtaining specialist postgraduate qualifications in GIScience. It is also used as a qualifying course for entry into the Master of Science (Geographic Information Science). The objectives of the course include the gaining of extensive knowledge of the theory, practice and applications of geographic information systems.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution containing a significant geographic information science component (typically a bachelor degree potentially including geography, surveying, cartography, computing or GIScience majors), or a Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science plus significant experience in the geographic information systems/land information systems industry as determined by the Department's coordinator of postgraduate studies, with a bachelor degree or equivalent in any field. Students not meeting the above standard in all areas are required to enrol in appropriate preparatory units as determined by the Department's coordinator of postgraduate studies on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Optional units are intended to provide students with a broader and deeper insight into the knowledge, skills and applications of GIScience. Advanced standing is not normally granted for optional units.

Duration and Availability

The course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

A substantial proportion of the course comprises postgraduate units in geographic information science. The remainder varies according to the goals and background of the individual. Units are selected from areas of graduate technology, project work and professional practice and management, humanities and conversion units (students may vary the credit distribution with permission of the coordinator of postgraduate studies).

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1

301774 v.2   Graduate Technology Stream (PG Dip)   100.0
301777 v.2   Project Work and Professional Practice Stream (PG Dip)   50.0
305589 v.1   Management, Social Science and Conversion Stream (PG Dip)   50.0
# A student's program may include from two to five units from the Graduate Technology area
* A student's study program may include up to two units from the Management/Social Science area and up to three units for updating and conversion to this study area
^ Students are required to complete a major project equivalent to a double unit with the option of completing an additional single unit in the professional practice area


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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