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Introduction to Spatial Information KGG102

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This unit is designed to give students a general overview of spatial information and its applications. Spatial information is becoming an increasingly prevalent part of our daily lives. The ability to incorporate spatial information into various applications is a valuable skill, with applications across all manner of disciplines and vocations. This unit will introduce students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and basic remote sensing analysis. In this unit, students will learn the fundamental concepts underpinning spatial information, and how to represent a variety of variables in a spatial way. Content in this unit is delivered at the introductory level for students who may be curious about the potential of spatial information, and want to develop a basic skillset to analyse and interpret datasets. Concepts that will be introduced include: spatial referencing systems, types of spatial data, creating new datasets, basic image analysis, and data visualisation.


Unit name Introduction to Spatial Information
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 Mr Mark Williams
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the different types of spatial datasets and their relevant applications
  • Create new spatial datasets that comply with current standards and conventions
  • Employ basic spatial analysis techniques to solve spatially oriented problems
  • Utilise GIS and other software package to visualise and inspect spatial datasets
  • Communicate spatial information using written, cartographic, and other visual means

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031103 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $3,085.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentGeoreferencing and Digitising (30%)|Quizzes (30%)|Metadata and Cartography (40%)
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It is strongly recommended that students purchase the following textbook: 

A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts by Francis Harvey. Second Edition, 2015. ISBN: 9781462522170

Readings from this text will be given each week. 


Students may also benefit from the following text: 

How to lie with maps by Mark Monmonier. Third Edition, 2018. ISBN: 9780226435923

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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