Courses & Units

GIS: Advanced Spatial Analysis KGG375


This unit builds on KGG212 GIS: Spatial Analysis and focuses on advanced aspects of spatial data analysis, including practical aspects of programming for GIS customisation. At the start of semester you will spend one day in the field collecting GNSS data on a landslide near Hobart. This datasets is then used in the rest of the unit, starting with exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA), interpolation techniques and terrain modelling, geostatistics, and error propagation modelling. The second part of the unit focuses on GIS application development using the Python programming language. These skills enable you to develop new algorithms and tools, automate tasks, and build custom GIS solutions. This unit will provide you with highly valued skills in the spatial industry.


Unit name GIS: Advanced Spatial Analysis
Unit code KGG375
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 Professor Arko Lucieer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theory and techniques in GNSS data sampling, exploratory spatial data analysis, interpolation, geostatistics, and error propagation using best practice and industry standards.
  • Apply and evaluate interpolation techniques for producing continuous raster surfaces from point sample data.
  • Develop Python scripts that implement spatial data input/output methods, spatial data structures, and spatial analysis algorithms.
  • Communicate perspectives and knowledge in GIS and spatial sciences to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral, 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
031101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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.

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Teaching Pattern

2-hr lectures/tutorials and 3-hr practicals weekly, 1-day field excursion in second week

AssessmentAssignment 1: Interpolation & Geostatistics (40%)|Assignment 2: Introductory Python exercises (20%)|Assignment 3: Python & GIS (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


You will be working through Python tutorials provided by DataCamp: 

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