Courses & Units

Fundamentals of Spatial Information KGG539


This unit is designed to provide students studying at the graduate level with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of spatial information. This unit will introduce students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and basic remote sensing analysis, with a focus on skills development and problem solving. By providing a broad overview of the fundamental forms of spatial data and the applications it can be used for, students will develop a basic skill set in spatial analysis and data handling. This unit is offered at the graduate level, but is aimed at students who have not previously worked with or studied spatial information. Students will explore the fundamental concepts underpinning spatial information, and how to represent variables in a spatial way. Throughout the unit, the potential of spatial information to solve a variety of problems is investigated. This is done in conjunction with computer-based exercises designed to build a strong technical skill set. Concepts that will be introduced include: spatial referencing systems, types of spatial data, creating new datasets, basic image analysis, and data visualisation.


Unit name Fundamentals of Spatial Information
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 Mr Mark Williams
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* 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 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

  • Discuss the different types of spatial information that are most relevant or appropriate given a particular scenario
  • Create new spatial datasets that comply with current standards and conventions
  • Employ spatial analysis techniques to interpret and derive new information to solve spatially oriented problems
  • Analyse, interpret and visualise spatial datasets using GIS and other software packages.
  • Communicate and synthesise complex spatial information using written, 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
031103 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 3 hour practical session per week

AssessmentUnit Expectations Quiz|Assignment 2 (20%)|Assignment 3 (30%)|Assignment 1 (50%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



It is strongly recommended that students purchase the following textbook: 

A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts by Francis Harvey. Second Edition, 2015. ISBN: 9781462522170

Readings from this text will be given each week. 


Students may also benefit from the following text: 

How to lie with maps by Mark Monmonier. Third Edition, 2018. ISBN: 9780226435923

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