Development, Use and Challenges of GIS

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Assignment 1

Explain the Development, Use and Challenges of GIS in any work related area Exp: military, waterworks, urban and regional planning, environmental management, geomorphology, soil science, geology ect.

±10 pages reference page and pictures/graphs.

 excluding cover page, content page,
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Times New Roman 12 1.5 line spacing Justified Margins max 2,5cm all sides

This could be a question in the exam


24 August 2012 BEFORE 13:00

All late submissions will be penalised with 5 marks per day

SAQA Critical outcomes
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Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation and community Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

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Read carefully through the following slides and follow the prescribed style ANY copy and paste from the internet will be dealt with severely – If you are caught you WILL receive a zero (nill, nothing, 0) for your effort.


How to research and write an assignment

© 2005 E Kruger

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Overall impression

Number your pages!! Bound or stapled instead of loose pages Neat, legible Front page – – – –

Subject Name and number of student Name and number of course Date

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Contents page Quantity vs. quality


Size / Font

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Times New Roman 12 1.5 line spacing Justified Margins max 2,5cm all sides



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Professional (academic) language Grammar and spelling Ask a friend / roommate to read it No writing in the first person (I, we, us, etc.) State information in your own words – DO NOT COPY !!!


Figures, Diagrams, Graphs:
Number and title Source!! Refer in text

Figure 1: EIA procedure (DEAT, 1997)

Source: Van Wyk, 2003



Introduction Headings and sub headings Conclusion – summary of what you learned, own opinion and perspective See Example


Murphy’s Law

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong at the last minute!!!!!!


List of Sources and reference to sources

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Integrate sources !!! Direct quote: As Strahler and Strahler (1997:25) explain: “there are four spheres…” “Mass weathering is defined as the ….” (Strahler et al., 1997:368) Use of sources: Four spheres are distinguished (Strahler et al., 1997:368) The definition of mass wasting is the … (Alan, 1988:20; Bennett, 1998:358; Strahler et al., 1997:345)


List of Sources and reference to sources (2)
Reference list: Book:

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STRAHLER, A. & STRAHLER, A. 1997. Physical Geography: Science and Systems of the Human Environment. New York: Wiley.

Journal article:
ALEXANDER, C. 2000. Wat is Geografie? Die SuidAfrikaanse Geografiese Tydskrif, 27 (3):15 – 23.

Web/Internet article
JANSON, P. 1994. Klimaatsverandering en die impak of SuidAfrika. [web:] [Date of access: 15 May 2001].

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