Course Title: Map Projections

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Map Projections

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Lucas Holden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1986

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.10.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

A map projection is a mathematically described technique of how to represent the Earth’s curved surface on a flat map. Mapmakers have developed hundreds of map projections over several thousand years This course is designed to increase your knowledge about the size and shape of the Earth; mathematical reference surfaces used to locate points on the Earth; and the transformation of points on the reference surface to points on a plane i.e. through a map projection.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1 Recount the history of map projections
2 Explain the concept of reference surfaces for the Earth and of geodetic datums
3 Review the theoretical and mathematical nature of map projections
4 Classify map projections and explain the use of particular projections for mapping purposes
5 Recognise the development of equations for the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projections of the ellipsoid and their connection with the Map Grid of Australia (MGA) and the Australian Map Grid (AMG).
6 Illustrate the connection between the Lambert Conformal Conic projection of the ellipsoid and VICGRID

The course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) and BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours)).

1.1 Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins the geospatial sciences.
1.2 Demonstrate in depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice
1.3 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.
1.4 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science
1.5 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning
1.6 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will actively engage you in a series of lectures, practical exercises and workshop studios. Learning support materials and assignment submissions are managed via Blackboard LMS

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester
Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the School and in the RMIT Library. The library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore additional learning resources include software tools used in contemporary surveying, a database of case studies of cadastral studies and a collection of literature available through Blackboard and related prescribed texts.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment1: Practical Folio 1 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3


Assessment 2: Mid-semester Class Test 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4 


Assessment 3: Practical Folio 2 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3,4


Assessment 4: Practical Folio 3 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2


Assessment 5: Assignment 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4,5


Assessment 6: End of semester Class Test 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6