Course Title: Produce maps for land management purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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


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

Teaching Schedule

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


Week No
Topic delivered
1Grid Levelling &Contouring
2Volume from spot heights
3Trig heighting & Feature survey
4Trig heighting & Feature survey
5Trig heighting & Feature survey
6Setting Out Horizontal Circular curves
7Setting Out Horizontal Circular curves
8Compound & Reverse Curves
9Compound & Reverse Curves
10Compound & Reverse Curves
11Vertical Curves
12Vertical Curves
13Cross sectional area & Volume
14GPS Survey
15GPS Survey
16GPS Survey
17Practical Test
18 Practical Test

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

Refer to:


Engineering Surveying [electronic resource] Schofield, W.: 6th ed.: Burlington : Elsevier, 2007.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
3 print copies at 526.9 S367 Carlton Library

New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice [electronic resource] Main Author: Cartlidge, Duncan
2nd ed. Burlington : Elsevier, 2006.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
1 print copy at 692.5 C327 Carlton Library

Print books:

Advanced engineering surveying: problems and solutions / Shepherd, F. A.: London : Edward Arnold, 1981.
Swanston Library 526.902462 S548 3 copies
(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1981) and it seems to be out of print)

Elementary surveying: Elfick, Michael. and Brinker, Russell: 9th ed.: London: HarperCollins, 1994.
1 copy at 526.9 E38 Carlton & Swanston Library,2&Search%5FArg=elementary%20surveying%20brinker&Search%5FCode=GKEY%5E&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=1

(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1994) and there isn’t an updated edition of it.)

Elementary surveying : an introduction to geomatics / Wolf, Paul R.: 11th ed.: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 2006
526.9 W855

Elementary surveying: an introduction to geomatics, Ghilani, Charles D, 12th ed., Upper Saddle River Prentice Hall Ptr, 2008
1 Copy Ordered 25-07-2008 for Carlton
Swanston Library at 526.9 W855

Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources /: 2nd ed.: Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
2 copies Carlton Library at 631.4794 G946, 1 at Swanston.

Principles of geospatial surveying / Allan, A. L.: Caithness, Whittles Pub. ; Boca Raton, FL : Distributed in North America by CRC Press, c2007.
1 copy Carlton and Swanston Libraryat 526.9 A417

Surveying : principles and applications / Kavanagh, Barry F.: 8th ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2009.
2 copies on order, previous 7th edition held at 526.9 K21 (1 copy Carlton and Swanston)

Surveying and engineering: principles and practice, Paul Watson et al, Oxford, Blackwell, 2008
1 copy at Swanston 690 S963

Surveying for engineers.: UREN, J: 4TH ED.: BASINGSTOKE PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2006:
Location: Bundoora Library
Order Information: 2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008
Already ordered for Carlton Library.

Surveying with construction applications
Carlton Library 1 Copy Ordered 13-06-2008
Swanston Library at 526.9 K21

Surveying for construction ,Irvine William, Maidenhead, McGraw Hill , 2006
2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008,1&Search%5FArg=surveying%20for%20construction&Search%5FCode=TALL&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=3
(This was in the previous implementation plan)

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.

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

1. Assignment 1 -  Weight  70% due 2 weeks after Field work.
2. Practical Test -   Weight  30% due week 17 & 18

Check my RMIT (Blackboard) for actual dates.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElement
Assignment 1Element 1,2,3,4,5,& 6
Practical TestElement 1,2,3,4,5,& 6

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