Course Title: Implement a spatial information services project plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUSM6291C

Course Title: Implement a spatial information services project plan

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5237 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services

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: 50

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 implement a spatial information services (SIS) project plan. It requires well-developed communication skills and the ability to apply in substantial depth skills and knowledge to a wide variety of spatial contexts to meet project deliverables, often in a supervisory capacity. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5003A Implement a spatial information services project plan


1 Organise resources.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Tasks are reviewed to identify the nature of the SIS project and its requirements.
1.2 Characteristics of the operating environment/site and any special equipment or resource requirements are identified.
1.3 Higher authority endorsements are obtained where necessary to ensure resources and equipment are used according to organisational and project objectives.
1.4 Spatial technology and material requirements are accessed according to the provided project plan.
1.5 Equipment is checked to be operating effectively according to manufacturer specifications, relevant legislation and company policy.
1.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in operating environment and equipment.


2 Allocate work areas and activities.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work is allocated and scheduled to be completed within the time available.
2.2 Work allocation to individuals matches known competency and capacity to work within organisational policy.
2.3 Training is provided to personnel to fill identified skill gaps and improve work performance.
2.4 OHS issues are considered at all times.


3 Manage human resources.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Human resource availability is considered and planned for.
3.2 Individual performance is measured against agreed criteria and designated responsibilities and actions are initiated to overcome shortcomings in performance.
3.3 Agreed communication processes between project members, client and other stakeholders are implemented and maintained to ensure effective communication throughout the project life cycle.


4 Manage and monitor project.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Project management mechanisms are implemented to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to the agreed schedule and plans.
4.2 Contingencies are managed to ensure the project meets specifications.
4.3 Quality assurance processes are implemented based on the project plan.
4.4 Progress is reviewed throughout the project life cycle, with any agreed changes implemented to ensure consistency with project scope, objectives and constraints.
4.5 Financial management guidelines and processes are implemented to monitor actual expenditure and control costs.
4.6 Client relationships are maintained to ensure clarity of understanding of objectives and examine any potential conflict throughout the project life cycle.
4.7 Completion activities are implemented to ensure final outcomes meet original project objectives.


5 Review project.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review of project achievements against objectives is undertaken and reported to stakeholders.
5.2 Clients are consulted to determine their level of satisfaction.
5.3 Action to rectify problems in meeting client needs is recommended and documented.
5.4 Results are documented and reported to stakeholders to assist in continuous improvement.

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 delivered Assessment/Task
 1 Grid Levelling &Contouring  
 2 Volume from spot heights 
 3 Trig heighting & Feature survey 
 4 Horizontal Circular curves 
 5 Horizontal Circular curves Assignment 1
 6 Setting Out Hz Circular curves
Craigieburg Bypass Ring Road
(Vic Roads design of Hume Highway)
 7 Horizontal Circular Curve 
 8 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 9 Compound & Reverse Curves 
 10 Vertical Curves 
 11 Vertical Curves 
 12 Cross sectional area & Volume Assignment 2
 13 Cross sectional area & Volume 
 14 GPS Survey 
 15 Revision 
 16 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

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• managing spatial project activity on a day-to-day basis
• managing contingencies and resource requirements
• managing human resources on a day-to-day basis
• managing risk and quality processes
• providing advice and feedback effectively to management and attaining support for operational activity
• working towards set targets
• working within budget.

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 1Organise resources. Assignmen 1
Element 2Allocate work areas and activitiesAssignmen 1
Element 3Manage human resourcesAssignmen 2
Element 4Manage and monitor project.Assignmen 2
Element 5Review project.Assignmen 2

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