Introduction to Spatial Numeracy

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCNU1035 GEOG (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

GCNU1035 aims to equip students with spatial numeracy concepts and tools that are considered essential knowledge for university graduates to develop spatial cognition, spatial thinking and spatial reasoning. The course is applied mathematics in nature with the main objective of teaching students numeracy through daily life examples and commonly used IT tools. The course will teach students mathematical concepts and tools for measuring space, location and spatial relationships in terms of distance, direction, location, size, area, etc. These include plane and spherical geometries such as coordinates, latitude, longitude, Euclidean and great circle distances, etc. The course will also introduce basic quantitative spatial models and tools for mapping, positioning and navigating. Given this objective, commonly used IT tools such Google Earth, Geographical Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, and satellite images will be introduced. Students will learn from the course the basic but important spatial numeracy skills needed to not only solve such problems as navigation, location finding, and spatial-temporal reasoning that are often encountered in our society and everyday life. In addition, they will also develop the ability to conceptualize problems in science, art, business, management, architecture and engineering. Since this will be a course of general education, it will be ensured that the contents of the course will be suitable for students with only high school mathematics to take.


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.