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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly prevalent in our day-to-day lives. As a result, skilled GIS analysts are
in high demand across the workforce. The goal of this unit is to provide you with a foundational understanding of the concepts
underpinning GIS as a discipline, and aid you in developing the practical skills you need to put this knowledge into action.
Throughout the unit you will be introduced to the major types of data that are used in GIS, and how they can be used to represent a wide
variety of information in a spatially explicit way. We will explore how spatial datasets are created, how they are maintained, and how they
can be used to solve problems. We will also introduce you to the principles of cartographic design, with a focus on creating high quality
mapped outputs that clearly communicate information across a number of broad themes.
GIS by its nature is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Any phenomena or process that occurs in a spatially explicit way can be
incorporated, used, and interpreted using GIS. This unit draws from both scientific and social applications, and can provide valuable skills
to students from all degree programs.
|Unit name||GIS: Introduction|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Doctor Bethany Melville|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- Explain the techniques and processes used by a GIS to represent the world in a digital spatial environment
- Apply GIS software to solve environmental and social problems
- Produce cartographic products to visualise and communicate spatial information
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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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.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 1x 3 hour practical weekly.
|Assessment||Examination (40%)|Assignment 1 (15%)|Assignment 2 (15%)|Assignment 3 (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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