Course Title: Dissertation Part A (Preparation)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dissertation Part A (Preparation)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Amy Griffin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2338

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 12, Level 11, Room 14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GEOM1159 – GIS Fundamentals
You must also have completed a course on research methods or its equivalent

Course Description

This course is designed for the part time student, preparing for Dissertation Part B (Implementation). The Dissertation, comprising of the two courses Dissertation Part A – Preparation and Dissertation Part B – Implementation, is a major component of MC058 Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information). It provides you with the opportunity to develop your research expertise and knowledge in an area of geospatial science of particular interest. Your dissertation will be developed in conjunction with an assigned internal academic supervisor.  It may be possible to have input or assistance from external advisors depending on the nature of the project.  The dissertation can either be pure research, vocationally (applied) oriented or maybe a combination of both. You will be expected to complete a proposal consisting of objectives, scope, rationale and method for undertaking the project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Propose a suitable research dissertation relating to geospatial science
2. Clearly state and elaborate the objectives, research question/s and proposed outcomes for the dissertation.
3. Express the rationale for undertaking the dissertation
4. Elucidate and justify the proposed method for undertaking the dissertation
5. Prepare a project management plan for completing your Dissertation

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in MC058 Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Science):

1.5 Discern research directions and advances within the geospatial science discipline.
3.1 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development.
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

Undertaking literature searching and reviews
Establishing project objectives and scope
Determining a research project timeline
Liaising with project supervisor
Liaising with industry partner if applicable

Total hours are expected to be around 120 hours in total.  This will comprise a 2 hour briefing held in Week 2, and regular meetings with a supervisor (approximately once a fortnight for one hour).  Therefore 8 hours will be contact and the remaining 112 hours will be non-contact.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course at RMIT University you can access the extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the library, such as books, journals and other course-related materials (electronic and paper-based) The library offers extensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully.
More specifically, recommended references are:
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment Task:

Task: Dissertation Part  A Preparation (100%)
 Written Progress Report due in Week 12.
(CLOs 1-5)