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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems KGG539


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly common in our everyday lives, even if we're not necessarily aware of it. This unit looks at how GIS datasets and processes can be used to produce mapped representations of the world around us and improve the way that we make decisions. We will begin by introducing the fundamental concepts of spatial data; such as coordinate systems, projections, and the differences between raster and vector datasets. The unit will introduce students to basic spatial data handling, processing and analysis techniques. Emphasis is placed on the co-development of technical understanding and usable practical skill-sets.

Data handling and visualisation are a prevalent part of the unit, as well as an introduction to the principles of cartographic design and assessing the suitability of datasets. At the graduate level, students will also learn how to prepare standard reports and to make recommendations based on the results of their analysis.


Unit name Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Unit code KGG539
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
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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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

  • Evaluate techniques and processes to represent the world in a digital spatial environment
  • Develop GIS software workflows to solve environmental and social problems
  • Evaluate cartographic design choices to visualise and communicate spatial information

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
031103 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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AssessmentFinal Exam (40%)|Geotourism Map (10%)|Forest map production (10%)|Spatial Query and Analysis (20%)|Story Map (20%)
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