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12279 BSc HONOURS - GEOINFORMATICS


Admission requirements:
A BSc degree in GeoInformatics or a related discipline as a major. An average of 60% is required for the Geography major.

  Outcomes:
- Capacity to recognise and assess scientific geographic paradigms and to identify a research specialisation
- Ability to conduct research by exposure to a series of research skills and the formal departmental prescriptions for research reporting.
- Knowledge of vector, raster and object-oriented spatial data models and the ability to capture, manipulate, analyse and graphically display digital spatial data
- Skill in the use of geographical technology such as GIS, GPS, database approaches in the context of GIS and the preparation of GIS project.
- Ability to apply remote sensing techniques using knowledge of advanced remote sensing principles and satellite platforms, as well as the application of the latest software for image enhancement, pixel classification and pattern recognition.
- Critical understanding of the principles, prescriptions and strategies for environmental management in South Africa and the application of a series of geographical analysis techniques such as GIS and satellite remote sensing to identify, demarcate and help resolve environmental problems.

  Nature of programme
- Application of GIS as an integrating tool for the analysis, understanding, management and resolution of spatial problems concerning human-environment interaction, environmental problems in special environments and the execution of spatial analyses and modeling.

  The course is a one year full-time course starting in January.
  [split] Compulsory modules:
- 49611 - 713(30) Geographical Information Systems
- 12187 - 716(30) Spatial Modeling and Geographical Communication
- 63363 - 742(30) Environmental Geography Research Application

Elective modules (choose one module):
- 63371 - 711(30) Environmental Analysis and Synthesis
- 63398 - 712(30) Advanced Remote Sensing
- 12825 - 717(30) Disaster Risk Studies
 
Assessment and examination:
Assessment is done by a system of continuous assessment, tests, assignments, a research project and examinations. A sub minimum of 50% is required in each module. The programme is presented in English. All work may be presented in English or Afrikaans.

  Enquiries:
Programme co-ordinator: Prof A van Niekerk
021 808 3101 | avn@sun.ac.za
Universiteit Stellenbosch University