Courses & Units

GIS: Spatial Analysis KGG212


Handbook Entry - Unit Description
This unit builds on KGG102 GIS: Introduction and will give you more advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data. As more businesses and scientists adopt geographical information systems (GIS), there is increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in collecting, managing, analysing, and visualising spatial datasets. GIS and spatial analysis skills will be indispensable for almost all careers in geography and geosciences, and students who have advanced skills in this field will be best prepared to enter the job market. The unit covers interpolation, terrain modelling, multi-criteria decision analysis, geodatabases, spatial data quality, and internet mapping. These topics are explored in lectures and weekly practical sessions. Towards the end of the unit you will work on a GIS project and apply your new spatial analysis skills to tackle real-world spatial problems. The unit is likely to be of interest to students in geography, environmental studies, earth sciences, plant science, zoology, agricultural science, computing and information systems, archaeology, and engineering.


Unit name GIS: Spatial Analysis
Unit code KGG212
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Teaching staff Mr Mark Williams
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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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).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain analysis techniques to inform the interpretation and enhancement of spatial datasets.
  • Document spatial analysis workflows that solve environmental and social problems.
  • Operate geographic information system (GIS) software to generate enhanced spatial information from vector, raster, and non-spatial datasets and produce cartographic maps and interactive maps.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031199 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

13 x 2-hr lectorials, 13 x 3-hr practicals. Lecturials and practical introductions will be recorded and made available on MyLO.

AssessmentAssignment 3 Network Analysis and Story Maps (40%)|Assignment 2 Site Suitability and MCDA (20%)|Assignment 1 Terrain Derivatives and MCDA (10%)|Quizzes and Case Study (30%)
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