Courses & Units

GIS: Introduction KGG102



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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate and display characteristics of data that vary with location. Producing a map to present spatial information is a skill that is itself valuable to scientists in visualising such data, but the GIS has further capabilities in performing logical operations on multiple data sets obtained over a region. Through practical sessions within this unit you will acquire skills in using GIS. Supporting lectures address the principles behind spatial data representation, data structures, cartography, projections, data models, and spatial analysis. Emphasis is placed on the foundations of GIS for the input, management, and querying of spatial data, and these fundamentals are illustrated with a range of interesting environmental and social applications. Irrespective of your discipline, the skills and concepts acquired in this unit will benefit your appreciation of the spatial nature of information and interpretation of spatial data characteristics. This unit forms part of the GIS and Remote Sensing Major and Minor.


Unit name GIS: Introduction
Unit code KGG102
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Dr Bethany Melville

Teaching staff

Mark Williams

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031101 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • JFA240
  • KGG539


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 1x 3 hour practical weekly.


2-hr exam (40%), three practical assignments (50%), MyLO quizzes (10%)

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