Courses & Units

Geoheritage and Geotourism KGA327

This unit will run face-to-face in Launceston once a quota of fifteen students is reached; otherwise these students will be offered the unit in distance mode.


This unit considers strategies to sample, understand, and address geoconservation and geotourism issues. By way of a series of field-based and problem-based learning experiences, you will develop the skills and knowledge to conduct and curate (geo)heritage inventories, assess prospective sites for use as geotouristic and geoeducational purposes, propose new geotouristic experiences and develop materials for geoconservation and geotourism consumers and operators.

This unit is the only one of its kind in Australia, and as such, you as a student will work on real case studies, with all leaders in the field. You will be supported to use new digital technologies, undertake social research and work closely with industries and protected areas groups to learn how to practice geoconservation and interpret the landscape for recreation and enjoyment.

Absolutely no background knowledge is required to undertake this unit. This unit provides students with opportunities to undertake over 50 hours of in-field training for students wanting to travel to Tasmania, or live online professional training if you wish to study this unit fully online.


Unit name Geoheritage and Geotourism
Unit code KGA327
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Melinda McHenry
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate geoheritage and geotourism concepts and data
  • Accurately apply geographical concepts to contemporary global challenges
  • Curate and communicate geoheritage inventory
  • Exhibit professional conduct by complying with organisational guidelines and expectations of responsible personnel
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2 hour lectures weekly; 3  x 2hr tutorials, 6 x 2 hour field practical sessions and 1 x 3 day field excursion

Off campus:  2 hour lectures weekly; 3 x 2hr tutorials, on-campus 2 day intensive training workshop immediately followed by a 3 day whole of class camp

AssessmentLandscape of the Week Online Quiz (10%)|E-Media/podcasts (30%)|Geoconservation Portfolio (30%)|Geotourism Digital Portfolio (30%)
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There are no required reading materials in KGA327.


Gray, M. Geodiversity: valuing and conserving abiotic nature; John Wiley & Sons, 2004; ISBN 0-470-09081-2.

Henriques, M.H.; dos Reis, R.P.; Brilha, J.; Mota, T. Geoconservation as an Emerging Geoscience. Geoheritage 20113, 117–128.

IUCN Geodiversity, World Heritage and IUCN Available online: (accessed on Oct 8, 2019).

Napieralski, J.; Barr, I.; Kamp, U.; Kervyn, M. 3.8 Remote Sensing and GIScience in Geomorphological Mapping. In Treatise on Geomorphology; Elsevier, 2013; pp. 187–227 ISBN 978-0-08-088522-3.

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