Course Title: Capture new spatial data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: GEOM5099C

Course Title: Capture new spatial 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: 100

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 capture new data using a variety of methods. It requires the ability to plan and execute the data capture process in a supervisory capacity, incorporating technical problems and management requirements and applying appropriate solutions to a range of data collection situations. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5002A Capture new spatial data


1 Prepare for data collection.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Key activities and timelines are scheduled with full consideration given to specification, available
resources and organisational requirements.
1.2 Administrative and legal requirements for data collection are complied with and recorded.
1.3 Appropriate persons or relevant personnel are informed about the project.
1.4 Equipment, supplies and spatial information services (SIS) technologies are selected according to
the task requirements.
1.5 Designated responsibilities are communicated to staff to ensure clarity of understanding of the work and provide a basis for ongoing assessment.
1.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in data capture techniques


2 Gather data.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Equipment is operated according to manufacturer specifications, and statutory and organisational
2.2 Entities are related to a reference system based on the specifications.
2.3 Data and attributes are collected using methodologies detailed in the data capture methodology.
2.4 Metadata is documented according to accepted industry standards.
2.5 Any discrepancies between specifications and actual activities are identified, recorded and reported.
2.6 Administrative and legal requirements for data collection are complied with and recorded.
2.7 Guidance is given to staff assisting in the data collection process.
2.8 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.


3 Use equipment.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate equipment is selected.
3.2 Equipment is operated according to the task requirements and manufacturer specifications.
3.3 All safety requirements are adhered to.


4 Maintain equipment.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Operational maintenance of equipment is undertaken according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Contingencies that may affect equipment usage are reported.
4.3 Unsafe or faulty equipment is reported and referred for repair.
4.4 Tools and equipment are stored safely in appropriate locations and according to manufacturer


5 Finalise the collection process

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Attributes and topological structures are added to spatial data according to specifications.
5.2 All data is recorded correctly and required documentation is completed according to
specifications and organisational requirements.
5.3 All data and documentation are stored according to organisational requirements.
5.4 Data integrity is checked according to the validation plan.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in surveying theory 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

Session                            Topic
1                         Vertical control survey - Local Datum
2                         Vertical control survey computation
3                         Vertical control survey (Braced Quadrilateral network)
4                         Survey network computation 
5                         Linear measurement , Levelling (extended network)
6                         Reduction of measurements 
7                         Horizontal control survey(Total Station), Levelling
8                         Traverse computation
9                         Horizontal and vertical control survey (Magnetic&Local Datums)
10                       Traverse computation
11                       Horizontal and vertical control survey (Magnetic&Local Datums)
                            - extended network
12                       Traverse computation
13                      Irregular boundary survey
14                      Area computation
15                      Grid levelling and contour plan
16                      Volume computation
17                      Examination
18                      Project submission and Evaluation

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.


Other Resources

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 Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying a defined range of skills
• applying known solutions to a range of problems
• assessing and recording information from varied sources
• demonstrating operational knowledge in relevant data capture and validation methodologies
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a range of options is required
• taking responsibility for own and team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of the simulated workplace project and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives.

Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project.

Assessment will require demonstration of:

• Consistence performance of each element of the unit across a representative range of applications, autonomously and to requirements
• Performance criteria for each element of competence
• Underpinning knowledge and skills specified.

Context of Assessment:

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

Assessment Matrix

Element: 1 Prepare for data collection  - Assignment 1

Element: 2 Gather data                            - Assignment 1

Element: 3 Use equipment                    -  Assignment 1

Element: 4 Maintain equipment.           -  Assignment 1

Element: 5 Finalise the collection process -  Assignment 2

Note: Assignment due date will be issued on the commencement of the course

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