Course Title: Operate spatial software applications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COSC7353C

Course Title: Operate spatial software applications

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4336 - Certificate IV in Surveying

Course Contact: Program manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Surveying Senior Educator: Thierry Demathieu
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 8359

Teacher: Toby Manning
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 4468

Teacher: Indira Wittamperuma
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 4468

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to operate spatial software applications. It requires technical ability in the use of IT equipment, as well as an understanding of how to use it, to satisfy key task requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS4036A Operate spatial software applications


1 Determine and select appropriate software for the spatial task.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Task purpose and objectives and principal work activities are defined.
1.2 Appropriate software application package is selected to complete the spatial task.
1.3 Audience and presentation requirements are identified and clarified where necessary with relevant personnel.
1.4 OHS requirements to be followed are planned.


2 Select and apply methodology to conduct spatial task.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Methodology for work activities that support task objectives is selected.
2.2 Resources are identified to support methodology selection.
2.3 Required control structures are applied.
2.4 Technical functions, other data and formatting are used to complete the spatial task, and are recorded according to the task objectives.
2.5 Checks are completed according to organisational practices.


3 Finalise the task.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Documents are named and stored in appropriate directories or folders.
3.2 Required documentation is completed according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

  • You will learn to use a range of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) program
  • functions and
  • features

to produce drawings

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities (face to face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning). It also covers the amount of effort necessary to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Teaching Schedule





 Introduction 1,2 


 Plan of survey and AFR 1,2,3,4,5 Assessment 1



 Plan of feature survey 1,2,3,4,5 Assessment 2



 Setout and RE plan 1,2,3,4,5 Assessment 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Check the Library Subject Guides:

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:

  • producing spatial documents using selected methodology and software packages
  • using help manuals and online help
  • applying knowledge of software packages to spatial tasks.

Assessment Tasks 

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.




Assignment 1

Liscad tutorials


Assignment 2

Liscad control survey


Assignment 3

Liscad feature survey


Assignment 4

Liscad setout computations survey


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/ Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

Assessment 4
























































To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.

Assessment Task 1 – Assignment 1 Weight 25%
Assessment Task 2 – Assignment 2 Weight 25%
Assessment Task 3 – Assignment 3 Weight 25%
Assessment Task 4 – Assignment 3 Weight 25%


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Blackboard is an on-line resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within Blackboard are the session lessons plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency. Blackboard Collaborate is an on-line delivery system within Blackboard that may be utilised as a virtual classroom that may be a part of the overall lesson delivery plan.

Projects and Presentations
Students are required to complete an individual written assessment and include group discussions to provide evidence of the competency in the unit.

Reasonable Adjustment
Students with a disability or long-term medical or mental health condition can apply for adjustments to their study and assessment conditions (Reasonable Adjustments and Equitable Assessment Arrangements) by registering with the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) at;ID=01daxmpd1vo4z

Assessment Matrix

 Graded Assessment

You will need to obtain Satisfactory (S) in all assessment tasks before grading can occur.
Marks from assessments will count towards a final grade only if the individual assessment result is satisfactory (S)

Grade Table
NYC Not Yet Competent / NYS in any of the above assessments
GAG Competent – Pass
CC Competent – Credit
CDI Competent – Distinction
CHD Competent – High Distinction

Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final AssessmentSubmission Time
1,2,3,4Assignment 125%Session 6 - 15/8/2015
1,2,3,4Assignment 225%Session 6 - 15/8/2015
1,2,3,4Assignment 325%Session 7 - 19/9/2015
1,2,3,4Assignment 425%Session 8 - 17/10/2015

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge

Spatial skills to:
       • exercise precision and accuracy in surveying computations
       • archive and retrieve spatial data
       • manage and manipulate spatial data 
       • manage files
       • solve problems relating to height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position in actual operational activity and virtual representation
• Apply the basic principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry
• Computing traverse data from field information
• Spatial reference systems
• Understanding and application of significance in calculations

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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Study and learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:
If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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The University is obliged to obtain clear student authorisation on all assessable works. RMIT’s e-Submission process provides a valid authorisation equivalent to a signature on a paper coversheet allowing students to submit assessment works electronically.
The e-Submission process requires that specific wording and a link to the assessment declaration is included in your assessment documentation in order to comply with legal and statutory obligations, and can be used with all RMIT teaching technologies, including;
• Blackboard
• WebLearn
• RMIT’s Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Drive, Sites etc.)
The use of fully electronic submissions saves significant time for both staff and students.

Good practice
• Providing clear advice to students on the e-Submission process as part of their assessment expectations assists in ensuring that it is straightforward for RMIT students to submit work electronically.
• Students can submit non-electronic works via conversion by a digital scanner, i.e. paper-based assessments can be scanned and submitted for assessment via the e-Submission process.
• Establishing a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard is a quick way to provide an e-Submission process for a class group.
Students must submit all assessment task electronically via blackboard as directed by their teacher.
Students are not to email or hand assessment tasks to teachers in class, corridor or cafeteria etc

Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official
due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:
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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:
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