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GIS2407 Web Based Geographic Information System

Semester 2, 2023 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 May 2023


Course Coordinator: Kithsiri Perera


Pre-requisite: GIS1402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSST or MSPT or GCNS or GDNS or MENS


The growing capability of the Internet, World Wide Web and Geographic Information System (GIS) has created a demand for Web based applications of GIS. This course focuses on the conceptual and practical aspects of developing Web based GIS applications.

The course covers the fundamental concepts and principles of Web based GIS. It deals with the theories and principles behind Web based GIS development including Web mapping services, distributed (cloud) systems and client/server computing, Web interface design, networking fundamentals, geographic mark-up language, service and security in Web based GIS, Web mapping software and Web based GIS applications including voluntary geographic information.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the evolution and current state of Web GIS, including mapping concepts, client/server computing, system architecture, and web map elements;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the types and functions of geospatial web services, including aspects of interoperability and standards;
  3. Write selected programming tasks, such as the use of markup languages, scripting, and web map libraries, which are relevant in designing and publishing web maps;
  4. Prepare Web mapping applications for static and interactive web mapping systems for various platforms; and
  5. Analyse the performance and effectiveness of web-based GIS.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Web-based GIS: concepts, data, evolution and applications 5.00
2. Web fundamentals, basic system architecture and web map elements 10.00
3. Geospatial web services: types, functions, interoperability and standards 10.00
4. Programming in Web GIS, mark up languages, scripting and web map libraries 20.00
5. Web map server and web cartographer’s toolkit 10.00
6. Geospatial mashups: evolution, function, design and publishing 10.00
7. Publishing a Web map using different platforms 20.00
8. Geoportals and data sharing: concept, functions and challenges 5.00
9. Applications of Web based GIS in e-business and e-government 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 20 1,2,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 40 3,4
Assignments Written Problem Solving 3 No 40 3,4,5
Date printed 28 May 2023