Course Title: Collate and interpret spatial data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GEOM5102C

Course Title: Collate and interpret 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 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 20

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 collate and interpret spatial data to provide the dataset required for project deliverables, often in a supervisory capacity. It requires the ability to apply theoretical spatial concepts to a range of situations in order to identify and interpret the appropriate information, according to client requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5010A Collate and interpret spatial data


1 Access data

Performance Criteria:



2 Query and interpret data.

Performance Criteria:



3 Collate data

Performance Criteria:



4 Test and validate collated spatial data.

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction  in the outcomes required to collate and interpret spatial data to provide the dataset required for project deliverables,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.

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.

Week No.

Topic Delivered

Assessment/ Task

1GIS - Introduction  Class activity
2Mapping in Layers Class activity
3Displaying Temporary and Permanent tables Class activity
4Selecting Map Objects Class activity
5Thermatic mappingAssignment 1
6Creating Mapping layoutClass activity
7Joining Tables Class activity
8Attribute Query (SQL select)Class activity
9 Test 
10 Attribute QueryClass activity
11 Attribute QueryClass activity
12 Creating BufferClass activity
13 Translating Files into MapInfo formatAssignment 2
14 Modifying Graphic Objects Class activity
15 Registering a Raster ImageClass activity
16 Registering a Raster ImageClass activity
17 Revision 
18 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.
MapInfo Manual

References - 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

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning
• using relevant data by manipulating and analysing it to meet the client’s requirements, including:
• applying operational knowledge in a broad range of areas relating to linking datasets and knowledge management
• applying organisational skills and prioritising activity
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• devising and implementing a cost-effective functional solution
• examining suitability of existing arrangements
• keeping records accurately
• measuring outcomes against specifications
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a substantial range of options is required.

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.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Identify potential sources of spatial data.Assignment 1
Element 2Assess spatial data availability and suitability.Assignment  2
Element 3Document spatial data assessmentAssignment 3

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

Other Information


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