Courses & Units

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems S5A

Hobart

Introduction

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.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Course Abbreviation GradCertGIS
Course Duration 0.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 2 Years
CRICOS code 048232K
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Contact

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr Christopher Watson (03) 6226 2489, email Christopher.Watson@utas.edu.au

Objectives

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.

Prerequisites

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.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

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)

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.

Course Structure

Schedule A

Schedule B

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

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

Course Rules


1In these specifications, 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Entry

2The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems a person who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or holds a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose.
3Candidates for the certificate shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than one semester of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than two years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

4To qualify for the certificate, the candidate shall pass 50% from Schedules A and B provided that:
 (a)a compulsory core of 25% is completed from Schedule A; and
 (b)25% of elective units is completed from Schedule B.
5The units which may be included in a course for the certificate shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedules A and B accompanying these specifications.
6Units may be counted towards the certificate only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty.
7Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the certificate.
8In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 4.
9The candidate may not count any Terminating Passes towards the certificate.

Credit for Previous Studies

10Passes in subjects or units by candidates towards incomplete postgraduate coursework studies in another course may be credited towards the certificate, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the certificate. Credit will not be awarded in recognition of subjects or units studied in an undergraduate degree or units studied in a completed postgraduate course of study even if the units are included in the schedules to the certificate.

Miscellaneous

11The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
12These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2004 and shall apply to all candidates for the certificate, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
13The approved abbreviation for the Graduate Certificate of Geographic Information Systems shall be GradCertGIS.