Course Title: Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COSC5958C

Course Title: Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systems

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 99254445

Nominal Hours: 40

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 relates to extracting, comparing and manipulating data in response to customer requests.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LGAPLEM508A Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systems


1. Develop procedures for manipulation and analysis of data

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Desired data format is specified and based on job requirements.

1.2 Parameters are specified for manipulation of the data sets.

1.3 New procedures are documented clearly explaining the procedure and rationale for development


2. Establish models required to provide outcome

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Applicability of existing tools, models, theories, applications and solutions is evaluated.

2.2 Feasible parameters, equations and assumptions are specified.

2.3 Models required to provide specified outcome are established


3. Analyse data

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Steps to be undertaken to analyse and manipulate data are specified.

3.2 Source data limitations and other restricting factors are taken into account when selecting techniques for analysis.

3.3 Data is isolated and retrieved from its source.

3.4 Data is interrogated to ensure reliability.

3.5 Data is prepared for presentation media.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in Mathematics required for designing, computing and setting out basic engineering surveying projects.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is available in the Distributed Learning System (Blackboard). Refer to it for any changes or announcements.

Week NoTopic deliveredAssessment/Task
1 GIS - Introduction  Task 1
2 Mapping in Layers Task 2
3 Displaying Temporary and Permanent tables Task 3
4 Selecting Map Objects Task 4
5 Thermatic mapping Task 5
6 Creating Map layout Task 6
7 Joining Tables Assignment 1 25%
8 Attribute Query (SQL select) Task 7
9 Attribute Query (SQL select) Task 8
10 Attribute Query Task 9
11 Attribute Query Task 10
12 Creating Buffer Assignment 2  25%
13 Translating Files into MapInfo format Task 11
14 Modifying Graphic Objects Task 12
15 Registering a Raster Image Task 13
16 Revision 
17 Examination 50%
18 Supplementary Exam 

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. 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 will be able to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria. The knowledge and skill requirements described in the Range Statement must also be demonstrated. For example, knowledge of the legislative framework and safe work practices that underpin the performance of the unit are also required to be demonstrated.
• Suitable procedures are developed.
• New procedures are documented.
• Appropriate models are used and/or created

Assessment Tasks

Observation, using a skills checklist of performance of elements of competency as designated for this unit to the required standard.during practical work exercises.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Develop procedures for manipulation and analysis of dataAssignment 1
Element 2 Establish models required to provide outcome Assignment 2
Element 3 Analyse data Assignment 2

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