Courses & Units

Geoheritage and Geotourism KGA327

Hobart, Launceston


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.


Conservation of geological features and landscapes is a global priority. 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, the following skills and knowledge will be developed in students who successfully complete the unit:

1. Ability to interpret landscape features and suggest histories and trajectories for significant geological landscapes using field observation and measurement,

2. Ability to prioritise geological features and landscapes for conservation and preservation,

3. Capacity to make recommendations for the restoration of geological landscapes.

Diverse field and case study examples are used in this unit to provide students with the level of understanding of geomorphology essential to properly inform environmental decision-making.

Special notes

All students will undertake 36 hours of practical, field-based training in this unit. On-campus students will attend six 2-hour 'field practicals' on a weekly basis between weeks 3 and 8. Off-campus students must come to Hobart in week nine for two consecutive days to undertake the six, 2-hour practicals in an intensive mode.

All students must attend a three-day (inclusive of travel time) field excursion at the end of week nine. The field excursion will be located in the north of Tasmania, requiring campsite accommodation. All meals and transport are included in the cost of $99, which can be paid in instalments from week one.


Unit name Geoheritage and Geotourism
Unit code KGA327
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Melinda McHenry

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable

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KGA204 plus successful completion of three, second-year science units.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

HBT and LTN students: 5 x 2 hour lectures; 6 x 1 hour online lectures, 6 x 2 hour field practical sessions and 1 x 3 day field excursion

Off campus students:  5 x 2 hour lectures; 6 x 1 hour online lectures, compulsory 2 day field practical sessions immediately followed by compulsory 3 day field excursion


Online knowledge task - (20%, relates to first eight hours of lecture content) - approx week 6-7

Field-work portfolio - 30% (5% per field task, field tasks take 12 hours) - weekly from weeks 2-8 or in week 9 for distance students

Poster presentation accompanied by 20-30 page (4000 words +/- 10%) threat analysis and conservation plan - (50%, related to 24 hour field trip, some lecture content and 8 hours problem-based learning).  Assessment percentage is spread across three components - (a) poster quality - synthesis of ideas in poster 10%; (b) presentation quality - speaking, response to questions, asking questions 10%; (c) threat analysis and conservation plan (30%). Students must pass all parts of the assessment task to pass the assessment overall.

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