Course Title: Design a spatial data storage system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: COSC5957C

Course Title: Design a spatial data storage system

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

Thierry Demathieu

+61 3 9925 8359

William Ntuwah

+61 3 9925 4445


Nominal Hours: 60

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 design a spatial data storage system. It requires the ability to apply theoretical spatial concepts to a range of situations in order to determine, create and facilitate acceptance by users of a suitable spatial data and attribute storage system. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5013A Design a spatial data storage system


1 Determine functional requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 User needs are determined according to organisational requirements.
1.2 An audit of existing spatial data sources is conducted to determine their suitability, useability, spatial data dependencies and adaptability.
1.3 Requirements are recorded according to organisational guidelines.
1.4 Feasibility of requirements is assessed against organisational budget, resources and priorities.


2 Create and test system design.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A plan is developed based on functional requirements detailing spatial data flow dependencies.
2.2 Appropriate spatial data storage environment is determined according to spatial data requirements and organisational resources.
2.3 A schedule for the introduction of the system is developed and communicated to users.
2.4 A prototype is created and tested or a standard format adopted to confirm that design meets functional requirements.
2.5 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in operating environment and equipment.


3 Formalise design acceptance.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 All relevant personnel are consulted and negotiated with to determine final design documentation.
3.2 Final design documentation is created according to organisational guidelines.
3.3 Acceptance is obtained from all stakeholders as appropriate.


4 Review the suitability of the spatial data storage system.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Users are canvassed regarding the effectiveness of the spatial data storage system to identify changes needed.
4.2 Feedback is analysed and appropriate changes are implemented.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction specifying the outcomes required to design a spatial data storage system,  the use of technology, planning and organising within data management and
data manipulation.

Teacher led:
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction specifying the outcomes required to design spatial data storage system 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

Refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements

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
MapInfo Manuals and ArcGIS Manuals  


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:
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• assessing requirements
• devising and implementing a cost-effective, functional solution
• examining suitability of existing arrangements
• operational knowledge in a broad range of areas relating to data storage and knowledge management
• organising and prioritising activity
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a substantial range of options is required
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Determine functional requirementsAssignment  1
Element 2Create and test system designAssignment  1
Element 3Formalise design acceptance.Assignment  2
Element 4Review the suitability of the spatial data storage system.
Assignment  3

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