Courses & Units

Environmental Geographic Information Science B KGG540


This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental management. The unit covers topics on interpolation, terrain modelling, multi-criteria decision analysis, geodatabases, and hydrological analysis. These topics are explored in lectures and weekly practicals. In the second half of the unit you will work on a GIS project and apply your new spatial analysis skills to tackle real-world GIS problems. Throughout the unit you will explore GIS research topics in the scientific literature that will prepare you for a research thesis. This unit is offered at the graduate level.


Unit name Environmental Geographic Information Science B
Unit code KGG540
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 Stephen Harwin
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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

  • Describe and have a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of raster-based and vector-based spatial analysis techniques.
  • Evaluate and apply interpolation techniques to create Digital Elevation Models.
  • Apply, analyse, and evaluate terrain modelling and analysis techniques to characterise the landscape in a GIS.
  • Design and construct GIS models to solve complex spatial analysis tasks.
  • Design and create multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) models to solve real-world problems combining raster and vector datasets.
  • Describe, review, and apply theoretical concepts and practical techniques related to spatial analysis in a GIS context with examples from real-world applications.
  • Demonstrate research skills as practised by professional scientists, including scholarly review and critique, collaboration, practical field operations, data analysis and synthesis of results.
  • Communicate perspectives and knowledge in environmental 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
031103 $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

Lectures will be recorded and made available on MyLO.

AssessmentExamination - invigilated (centrally) (30%)|Data analysis (5%)|Data analysis (10%)|Report (15%)|Presentation (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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