Course Title: Produce maps for land management purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEOM5096C

Course Title: Produce maps for land management purposes

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

William Ntuwah

+61 3 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 120

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 competency standard covers the process of preparing maps by hand or using geographical information systems (GIS) for land management purposes. It requires the ability to obtain information for a specific land management purpose, assess data availability and quality, format and present data and incorporate data onto maps. Producing maps for land management purposes requires knowledge of land management processes, relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, mapping principles, and the use of mapping software and hardware

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTD4507A Produce maps for land management purposes


1. Obtain information for a specific land management purpose

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Information required to achieve result is defined and required data sets are correctly determined.

1.2 Information from stakeholders on land management and production systems is collected and presented consistent with the local area management strategy.

1.3 Information collected includes temporal and spatial data.

1.4 Information is reviewed for relevance and accuracy.


2. Assess data availability

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Availability of required data sets is ascertained through research of internal and external sources.

2.2 Ownership of data is confirmed, and access and pricing determined.

2.3 Data is obtained in line with industry standards, statutory requirements and enterprise policy.

2.4 Where appropriate, procedures are developed to capture data.


3. Assess data quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Data is assessed for integrity to determine suitability for task.

3.2 Disparities between data sets are investigated and resolved to ensure integrity of data used.


4. Format and present data

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Compatible format for data is identified.

4.2 Relevant data elements are assembled.

4.3 Data format(s) are selected to meet user's requirements.

4.4 Information is presented to meet user requirements using suitable media in a tidy, informative and useable manner.

4.5 Information is presented in line with appropriate enterprise and Australian standards.


5. Incorporate data onto map(s)

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Information is transferred from various data sources onto map(s).

5.2 Maps are produced showing spatial and temporal data consistent with development and implementation of the land management strategy.

5.3 Maps are analysed for data to assist in development or implementation of land management plan.


6. Review customer satisfaction

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Work is completed in line with enterprise quality requirements.

6.2 Feedback is sought from users regarding satisfaction with information and presentation.

6.3 Any areas of dissatisfaction are resolved in line with enterprise policy and procedures.

6.4 Customer feedback is analysed and used as a quality improvement tool.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction specifying the outcomes required to design and set out basic roads, railways and associated engineering structures. and tasks associated with the elements above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Develop data management strategies to determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial data sets to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises. Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

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

Week No
Topic deliveredAssessment/Task
1Grid Levelling &Contouring  
2Volume from spot heights 
3Trig heighting & Feature survey 
4Horizontal Circular curves 
5Horizontal Circular curves Assignment 1
6Setting Out Hz Circular curves
Craigieburg Bypass Ring Road
(Vic Roads design of Hume Highway)
7Horizontal Circular Curve 
8Compound & Reverse Curves 
9Compound & Reverse Curves 
10Compound & Reverse Curves 
11Vertical Curves 
12Vertical Curves 
13Cross sectional area & Volume Assignment 2
14GPS Survey 
15GPS Survey 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Reference 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. Engineering Surveying, SchofieldnW. Surveying for Engineers, J. Uren and W.F. Price


Web Resources: - 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

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of: the ability to:
• Obtain information for a specific land management purpose.
• Assess data availability.
• Assess data quality.
• Format and present data.
• Incorporate data onto maps.
• Review customer satisfaction.

Assessment Tasks

Observation, using a skills checklist of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical field work exercises within a simulated workplace project; including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives

Assessment Matrix

 Element 1 Obtain information for a specific land management purposeAssignment 1 
 Element 2 Assess data availability Assignment 1
 Element 3 Assess data quality Assignment 1
Element 4 Format and present data Assignment 2
Element 5 Incorporate data onto map(s) Assignment 2
Element 6 Review customer satisfaction  Assignment 2

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