Courses & Units

Spatial Data and Analysis for Marine and Antarctic Science KSM103

Hobart, Launceston


This unit provides an introduction to the processing, visualization, analysis and interpretation of spatial marine and Antarctic datasets and the programming tools needed to work with them. This unit will focus on marine specific spatial data using widely used programming and data analysis packages MATLAB and R. It is a hands-on, skills -oriented unit with weekly practical/tutorial exercises supplemented with explanatory lectures. This unit addresses specific challenges when working with Marine and Antarctic/Southern Ocean data sources from the Integrated Marine Observing Systems and includes data from remote sensing (temperature and chlorophyll, ocean currents), floats and moored instrument arrays, autonomous underwater vehicles, and phytoplankton records.


Unit name Spatial Data and Analysis for Marine and Antarctic Science
Unit code KSM103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Doctor Andrew (Andy) Fischer
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic computation skills to process, visualize, analyze and interpret spatial marine and Antarctic datasets.
  • Develop programming skills to work with spatial marine science and Antarctic datasets
  • Develop competencies in spatial data representation, vector and raster data, band ratio algorithms, remote sensing and spatial statistics with regards to marine and Antarctic data
  • Apply competencies and programming skills to develop interdisciplinary approaches of translating marine and Antarctic information for stakeholders (research, management and government institutions and the general public).
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010799 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentExamination - invigilated (internally) (15%)|Laboratory/practical (30%)|Examination - invigilated (internally) (15%)|Examination - take home (40%)
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