Geospatial Science

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geospatial Science

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of techniques as applied in surveying to built and natural environments, including statistics, trigonometry, mechanics, engineering, introductory programming, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

    Course Structure
    This course reviews and introduces foundational topics in geospatial and measurement science, including:
    -Problem-solving approaches
    -Geometry and trigonometry
    -Geospatial data and methods
    -Physics mechanics

    Learning Outcomes
    -Gain experience with geospatial data and methods, including remotely sensed imagery and basic GIS
    -Develop problem-solving skills and strategies, including computer implementation of simple mathematical algorithms
    -Ensure that students have foundational knowledge of geometry and trigonometric functions and their application in geospatial context
    -Ensure that students have foundational knowledge of measurement errors, descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing related to surveying and geospatial analysis
    -Ensure that students have foundational knowledge of forces and motion as they relate to surveying and geospatial applications

    Text books are not required for this course.
    All materials are available online.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.