Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (S5A)

Overview  2016


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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


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Semester 1, Semester 2

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This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a professionally-orientated program that aims to build and extend skills in the rapidly evolving fields of GIS and related subject areas including satellite remote sensing. The program includes two compulsory units in GIS (Schedule A), and an additional two units to be selected from a list of eligible elective units (Schedule B) that includes units in remote sensing, photogrammetry, field measurement and mapping and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

The course is typically completed over three to four semesters (1.5 to 2 years) on a part time basis. The course is offered internally by the School of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology on the Hobart Campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems meets the needs of people who do not have prior experience in the field of GIS and are seeking to acquire knowledge, or who have some training or workplace experience with GIS and are seeking to improve and extend their knowledge and gain a formal qualification.

At the completion of the course, students will:

  • be familiar with various sources of spatial data and methods of spatial data collection, understand key data accuracy issues and understand the processes required to import and effectively manage data in a GIS;
  • understand the processes required to combine various sources of data for spatial analysis; be able to undertake data manipulation and GIS analyses of the type commonly required in their own and other disciplines; be aware of more advanced methods of spatial data analysis; and be able to present spatial data using GIS techniques; and
  • have acquired skills in the development and management of GIS-based projects; and understand key GIS implementation issues.

Career outcomes

There is substantial employer demand for people with education and training in Geographic Information Systems and related subject areas such as Remote Sensing. Employers from the private sector, local, state and commonwealth government agencies seek graduates with GIS and Spatial Science skills across a range of sectors including environmental management, resource management, forestry, planning, engineering and construction.

Course structure

To qualify for the certificate, the candidate shall pass 50% from Schedules A and B provided that:

  1. a compulsory core of 25% is completed from Schedule A; and
  2. 25% of elective units is completed from Schedule B.

Schedule A

Geographic Information Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate, analyse, and communicate spatial information. This unit covers the underlying theory/concepts of GIS, application areas, the use of commercial GIS software, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Schedule B

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) enable autonomous global positioning using signals broadcast from various satellite constellations. With an ability to achieve accuracies ranging from metres to millimetres, GNSS provides positioning capability that underpins a host of scientific, commercial, civilian and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

It is becoming increasingly important for practicing scientists to have an understanding of the methods employed in spatial mapping and measurement. Global navigation systems such as GPS, airborne photography and airborne laser scanning, the increasing availability of satellite imagery, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on advanced aspects of spatial data analysis, including practical aspects of developing software scripts for GIS analysis and customisation. This unit will start with a field excursion where you will collect your own point sample data with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces you to theoretical and practical foundations of remote sensing. The unit starts with the physics of remote sensing including the concepts of electromagnetic energy and the interaction of energy with the atmosphere and the earth surface. We…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will provide you with high-level theoretical knowledge and practical skills in image analysis techniques, such as geometric image correction, image filters, texture measures, vegetation indices, LiDAR point cloud filtering, classification algorithms, object-based image analysis, change detection, and accuracy…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides you an understanding of the mathematical principles of photogrammetry and their application to a variety of spatial measurement tasks, particularly airborne topographic mapping, but also terrestrial methods employed in disciplines such as engineering, architecture, and archaeology. Key…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Introduces the fundamentals of digital image processing and computer vision, including visual perception, light and colour for image formation, image sensing and acquisition, sampling, and colour image processing. Exposure to image enhancement techniques and image restoration methods. Also exposure to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania or a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent. Students without the stated prerequisites but who have relevant professional experience and/or training may apply.

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the GradCertGIS at the credit level or above may apply to articulate into the Graduate Diploma in Spatial Information Science with Honours. This will require completion of the thesis component (50%) of the Diploma (see KGG532).

Potential candidates may also be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Education (S5C), and the Master of Applied Science (Remote Sensing and GIS) (S7P)

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2016 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $26,500 AUD.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA for 2016 is $290 AUD.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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