Course Title: Major Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Major Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Chris Bellman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3269

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite : GEOM2124 Research Procedures

Course Description

This course is a major component of the final year, providing an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and expertise to a high level in an area of geospatial science, surveying, or cartography of particular interest to you.

Please note this is a special version of the Major Project course that runs over a single semester instead of the normal two semester mode. It is designed for students who have completed most other courses in their program and wish to complete the project course in an accelerated manner in order to graduate.

Your mark in this course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the successful completion this course you will be able to: 

  1. Identify a suitable project relating to geospatial science, surveying or cartography that is appropriate for their final year project. 
  2. Define clearly the objectives of that project. 
  3. State succinctly the proposed outcomes for that project (i.e. the final product). 
  4. Analyse what needs to be done in order to achieve the project objectives and outcomes. 
  5. Devise a methodology for systematically and satisfactorily completing the project. 
  6. Systematically and competently implement the above methodology. 
  7. Liaise in a professional manner with all relevant parties (which may include industry or industry-like feedback) as appropriate for that project. 
  8. Produce final project outcomes of a high professional standard. 
  9. Respond to industry feedback on the project.  

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes: 

1.5 Discern research directions and advances within the surveying and geospatial science disciplines. 

2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems. 

3.1 Design and implement creative solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development. 

3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions. 

3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner. 

4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience. 

6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be assisted to develop a proposal for your project by way of relevant lectures and consultation with academic staff and/or industry. 

Each project will have an internal supervisor who will be an academic member of staff. In many instances there will also be an external supervisor (external to RMIT) who has a particular interest in your project area. They may serve as a potential mentor and will provide industry feedback. 

The course will also include occasional lectures on matters relating to the satisfactory completion of a major project. 


Total Study Hours

240 hours

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include books and notes as referred to in class. Course documents and other relevant materials are available online. You will have access to the necessary equipment (surveying, GPS etc) as well as computer hardware and software to undertake your major project 

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed on following completed works: 

An illustrative project poster (10%). 

This assessment task supports CLOs 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 

An oral presentation to an industry audience (15%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 

A  final written project submission (75%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1.5, 2.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 & 6.1 

Feedback from industry partners forms part of this assessment. You must achieve at least a pass in the written submission component in order to pass the course.