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GIS: Introduction KGG102


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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
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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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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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