Courses & Units

Environmental and Spatial Data Analysis KSM605



Environmental scientists increasingly need to deal with complex and large quantitative data sets collected from a variety of sources (i.e. remote sensing, moored instrumentation arrays and autonomous vehicles). As a result, computational and data analysis skills are highly desirable and useful across the many sub-disciplines of the environmental and marine sciences. This unit provides and introduction to processing, visualizing, and interpreting quantitative, spatial marine and environmental science data using scientific computing techniques. Computation methods and visualizations will be performed using a variety of software and computing languages including MATLAB, ArcGIS and Python.


Unit name Environmental and Spatial Data Analysis
Unit code KSM605
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture

Andrew Fischer

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston 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

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the basics of computer programming and mathematical principles relevant to marine science.
  2. Apply an understanding of data aggregation, processing and visualization to marine management.
  3. Construct custom tools that automate computation and visualization tasks.
  4. Apply computation skills in addressing a timely and relevant marine science question.


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

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Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 2 hr tutorial weekly


Tutorials and weekly lab reports (30%), exam 1 (15%), exam 2 (15%), Final exam (40%)

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