Course Title: Provide geographic information systems data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COSC5959C

Course Title: Provide geographic information systems data

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: 25

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 covers developing and applying data management and analytical tools to produce specified outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LGAPLEM512A Provide geographic information systems data


1. Analyse request to develop solution

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Specific problem or question is clarified in consultation with
end user to establish end result specifications .

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


2. Assess data availability

Performance Criteria:

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

2.2 Custodianship of data is confirmed and access and pricing are

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

2.4 Where appropriate, procedures are developed to capture


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. Run standard query

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Appropriate standard query is selected.
4.2 Selected query is run to achieve required outcome .


5. Validate outcome

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Appropriate data validation procedures are determined.

5.2 Outcome is validated in line with predetermined procedures.

5.3 Procedures to refine model or analytical procedures are

5.4 End user is consulted regarding suitability of outcome and
amendments are negotiated as necessary.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in GIS.

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 must be able to provide evidence of:
• consideration of integrity of data
• ensure end result meets customer needs, including time frames.
• together with the ability to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria.

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 1Analyse request to develop solutionAssignment 1, 3
Element 2 Assess data availability Assignment 2, 3
Element 3 Assess data quality Assignment 2, 3
 Element 4 Run standard query Assignment 2, 3
 Element 5 Validate outcome  Assignment 2, 3

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