Many professionals in the broad areas of environmental science, management and planning use geographic information systems (GIS) to analyse and map spatial information. This unit is an introductory GIS unit for postgraduates with some advanced topics. It is designed for the students who have not previously undertaken introduction to GIS or its equivalent. It covers the underlying concepts of GIS, applications, the use of commercial GIS software, and will develop for students a GIS skills set. The practical program focuses on the basics of GIS analysis methods and map creation. The GIS software used is ArcGIS. Students enrolling in this unit must have access to a computer with Windows operating systems. Mac or Linux systems will not be supported.