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
Page 3 KGG102 GIS: Introduction 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
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 Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


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

* 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).

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

  • Identify and use appropriate techniques to obtain digital representations of spatial features using both vector and raster formats in a Geographic Information System (GIS);
  • Compare and contrast vector and raster representations of spatial features in their application to spatial data analysis and decision support;
  • Appraise quality issues associated with spatial information within a GIS and the impact of data quality on results obtained from query, spatial data analysis and decision support;
  • Produce cartographic and graphical products from spatial information and incorporate them into reports on spatial data analysis.
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
  • 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

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Assignment 1 (15%)|Assignment 2 (15%)|Assignment 3 (30%)
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