703 Study Guide





The aim of the module is to introduce learners to the various possibilities of spatial information technology to prepare contingency plans for disaster management. The student will understand the underlying concepts of spatial and temporal data and be able to implement this knowledge in a real-world situation.




The module will run through out the year. During the first contact session (January), a 1 day contact with the lecturer will be held. During the second contact session (May) a 5 day contact session will be held. During the third contact session (October) a 1 day contact will be held. The practical assignment must be handed in on or before 26 April 2013 after which a final assessment will take place. Admission to the final assessment is on the prerequisite that the practical course, test and assignment are successfully completed.


Study the prescribed material and answer the review questions at the end of each chapter. During contact sessions extra material may be handed out to supplement the study guide. It is crucial to attend the contact sessions, as it will entail the practical application of the information systems.

You may use any other scientific material to complete the assignment. Also use as many as possible other applicable sources, it is however important to supply all sources and a detailed bibliography of all material used in the correct Harvard Referencing format. (Consult Mouton (2001) as reference)




Marks will be calculated on the following basis:


     Assignments           1          30%

     Practical exercise    1           30%

     Examination           1          40%


The assignments will constitute 30% of the final mark. There will be a final examination at the end of the year, which will carry 40% of the total marks. Students should also have to complete a practical assignment which constitutes 30% of the final mark. Details of the practical will be provided during the October contact session.


3 contact sessions will be held through out the year. The practical examination will be held for one and a half weeks, information needed for this practical examination will be given out to students in class and then presentations will start after the week of the 3rd contact session. Hence students will have 8 days to work on the practical. Find attached an example of the practical examination.


Attach at the back of all assignments submitted a plagiarism declaration form found at the end of each study guide.


To pass the course a sub-minimum of 40% must be obtained in the examination. To pass the completed course a combined average of at least 50% must be achieved.




Develop a spatial framework for a particular disaster in your area. The plan should be based on a realistic possibility of a disaster that can happen (e.g. do not develop a framework for a volcanic eruption in the Karoo-region of South Africa). Submit a report of 20 – 30 pages (1,5 spacing, font size 12 and including illustrations and diagrams) on the project. You should include:

- Relevant data and data sources

- Projections and coordinates

- Detailed maps of the area showing areas at risk

- An spatial analysis of the probable region in which the disaster might occur and

- A contingency plan in spatial terms.


The report should be submitted directly to Dr. Charles Barker and can be submitted electronically (e-mail or on disk but not Blackboard).




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