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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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Doctor Bethany Cox|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- 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 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- 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
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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.
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||Unit Expectations Quiz|Assignment 1 (50%)|Assignment 2 (20%)|Assignment 3 (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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