Courses & Units

Geoheritage and Geotourism KGA327

Cradle Coast, 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.


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, and propose new geotouristic experiences.

In this unit, we focus on developing your potential. Diverse field and case study examples are used in this unit to provide you with the level of understanding of geomorphology essential to properly inform environmental decision-making in geotouristic settings. You are learning by doing. You will be encouraged to make decisions. You will interact with professionals and laypersons, not all of who will be ‘on your side’ or who will (instantly) understand your recommendations. We are here to guide and mentor you through these (sometimes) challenging experiences, in a supportive environment.


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
Teaching staff Mr Mark Williams
Available as student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Advanced


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate geoheritige and geotourism concepts and data
  • Accurately apply geographical concepts to contemporary global challenges
  • Curate and communicate geoheritage inventory
  • Demonstrate professional conduct that complies with organisational guidelines and expectations of responsible personnel
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Admission into a Masters course OR 1 x 12.5 CP second year unit at undergraduate level


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

AssessmentTest or quiz (20%)|Case or problem activated learning (20%)|Project Proposal (10%)|E-Media/podcasts (20%)|Field Notes/Report (20%)|Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS) (10%)
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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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