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Environmental Geographic Information Science A KGG539




Geographic Information Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate, analyse, and communicate spatial information. This unit covers the underlying theory/concepts of GIS, application areas, the use of commercial GIS software, and develop for students a GIS skills set. Through practical sessions within this unit you will acquire skills in using GIS. Supporting lectures address the principles of spatial data representation, data structures, cartography, projections, data models, and spatial analysis. Emphasis is placed on the concepts of GIS for the input, management, and querying of spatial data, and these essentials are illustrated with a range of interesting environmental and social applications. Irrespective of your discipline, the skills and concepts acquired in this unit will benefit your appreciation of the spatial nature of information and interpretation of spatial data characteristics. In this unit, with a research investigation in the GIS domain, you will develop the foundation of your research trajectory. This unit is offered at the graduate level.


Unit name Environmental Geographic Information Science A
Unit code KGG539
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Vanessa Adams

Teaching staff

Mark Williams

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031103 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 1x 3 hour practical weekly, online discussion forums, two 3-hr tutorials


2-hr exam (40%), three practical assignments (30%), MyLO quizzes (10%), research investigation (20%)

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