Course Title: Plan spatial data collection and validation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GEOM5090C

Course Title: Plan spatial data collection and validation

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Thierry Demathieu
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop data collection and validation plans for new data. It requires the ability to evaluate spatial information to apply knowledge to plan future collection requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5001A Plan spatial data collection and validation


1 Scope spatial data acquisition requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client instructions are analysed to determine specific needs and spatial data requirements.
1.2 Spatial data requirements and constraints are identified through consultation with client and outcomes are recorded according to organisational guidelines.
1.3 A site assessment is conducted when necessary to clarify the acquisition requirements, and outcomes are recorded according to organisational guidelines.
1.4 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in spatial data acquisition requirements.


2 Evaluate available collection options.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assessment of technical, financial, legal and resource implications of each available collection option is conducted to ensure preferred option meets written data specifications.
2.2 Preferred option is selected on the basis of client needs and organisational capability and priorities.
2.3 OHS issues are considered at all times.
2.4 Assessment process is documented according to organisational guidelines.


3 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Project objectives, deliverables, constraints and principal work activities are defined and documented according to the written specifications.
3.2 Identified risks, contingencies and resources, as well as full details of technology and techniques to be used to collect the spatial data in the specified format, are included in the plan.
3.3 Spatial data validation process is specified in the plan to verify the integrity of the required spatial data.
3.4 Where necessary, the plan is presented to client for confirmation and approval.


4 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Written specifications of data to be acquired are communicated with relevant personnel, according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

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Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with
individuals and groups within the Surveying and Spatial area.

Teaching Schedule

Week No.

Topic delivered

Assessment/ Task

1 Introduction to topic and Civil 3D  
2 Scope spatial data acquisition requirements-Quote management & Manual entry  
3 Scope spatial data acquisition requirements - Client - Stakeholders & Editing  
4 Evaluate available collection options - Techniques available & Control point data  
5 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan - Equipment - Staff & Import points  
6 Labour day public holiday  
7 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan - Operational Costs & Import points and string  
8 Assessment 1 - planning & Surface and surface boundary  Assessment 1
9 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan - Quote register / other aspect & Surface editing  
10 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan - Survey tasks & Survey data  
11 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel - Client survey costs & Survey data  
12 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel - Company costs & Horizontal Alignment  
13 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel - Survey set up & Parcels  
14 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel - Audit costs & Elevation profile  
15 Assignment 2 - communication & Summary  
16 Revision  
17 Test  Assessment 2 & 3
18 Queen’s birthday public holiday  

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold.

References - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying cost consideration
• applying qualitative and quantitative measurements for a project
• assessing and acting upon contingencies
• communication and negotiation skills
• determining a collection and validation process based on thorough assessment of all relevant considerations
• managing risks and contingencies
• working towards set targets
• understanding spatial project deliverables.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:
1. Assessment 1 - Test       Weight 25%  - Week 8
2. Assessment 2 - Test       Weight 25%  - Week 17
3. Assessment 3 - Portfolio                     Weight 50% - Week 17

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CAG 50 – 59% Competence Achieved -Graded
CC  60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task       Element                     Percentage loading

Assessment One       Element 1, 2 and 3            25%
Assessment Two       Element 1, 2, 3 and 4        25%
Assessment Three    Element 1, 2, 3 and 4        50%

Other Information

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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.

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