University of Tasmania Home Page Course and Units 2013
 This course information is for students studying under an old course structure. Switch to new course structure information.

Science, Engineering and Technology


Graduate Certificate


Graduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Diploma


Master's by coursework


Master's by research



2013 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems(S5A)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr Christopher Watson (03) 6226 2489, email


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.

Admission & 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.

Course 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.

Articulation to/from Course

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)

University of Tasmania Home Page Authorised by the Academic Registrar
© University of Tasmania | ABN 30 764 374 782 | CRICOS Provider Code 00586B
Copyright and Disclaimers | Accessibility | Feedback, Suggestions and Questions
Info Line 1300 363 864