Spatial Systems Major

Bachelor of Design, 3 years full-time, Parkville and Southbank. CRICOS code: 090744C

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Spatial Systems is the study of the science and technology of 3D measurement, mapping and visualisation, focusing on the fundamental questions of where, what and when. It is concerned with capturing, analysing, managing and presenting spatial information, and is crucial to human decision-making, planning and design.

Major Description

The Spatial Systems major focuses on spatial data handling and infrastructures, web and mobile mapping, spatial analysis, spatial cognition and logical reasoning.

You will develop hands-on skills in modern, sophisticated technologies such as GPS, 3D computer visualisations, geographic information systems (GIS), surveying, and satellite and photographic image processing.

Learning outcomes

In addition to the generic attributes of the University of Melbourne graduate, Spatial Systems Major graduates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to apply spatial systems to design needs-based measurement (sensing), modelling (storing), and representation (mapping) of physical spaces in the real world
  • Critical thinking, judgement and technical skills in the aesthetic design of information
  • Sound fundamental understanding of the mathematical, geodetical, and computational principles underlying spatial systems technology;
  • Ability to facilitate effective communication with those other professionals with whom spatial systems engineers routinely communicate, such as in construction, planning, asset management, real estate, insurance, law, or the media;
  • Ability to apply the basic principles underlying the management of physical, human and financial resources;
  • Ability to enact the social, cultural and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.

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