Course Title: Manipulate and analyse GIS data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: GEOM5123C

Course Title: Manipulate and analyse GIS data

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5320 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Surveying Senior Educator: Thierry Demathieu
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 9925 8359

Teacher: William Ntuwah
School of Engineering (TAFE)
Ph: 99254445

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 supports the application of planning, organising, and error analysis; designing and interpreting technical documentation; and a practical understanding of technology. The skills and knowledge acquired on completion of this unit would support the needs of employees in surveying and spatial information services (SSIS).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5064A Manipulate and analyse GIS data


1. Develop procedures for manipulating and analysing data.


2. Establish models required to provide outcome.


3. Analyse data.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will learn to:

• Display spatial data on a map
• Classify features and rasters
• Query data
• Build a database
• Editing features and attributes

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes all planned activities (face to face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning). It also covers the amount of effort necessary to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others providing third party evidence and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Teaching Schedule



Week 1

10/02/14 & 12/02/14

 Displaying Spatial Data on a Map
-Change to layout view
-Add Text and Print

 Element 1, 2 

Week  2

17/02/14 & 19/02/14

 Displaying Spatial Data on a Map
• Change display symbols
• Identify features
• Add graphics
• Insert map elements/Print

 Element 1, 2 

 Week 3

24/02/14 & 26/02/14

 Classifying features
Assign colours, sizes, width angles patterns
 Add texts, North Arrow, Legend , Scale and RMIT or workplace logo

  Element 1, 2,3 

Week 4

03/03/14 & 05/03/14

GIS mapping

Produce a map of Yarra Bend permanent marks (use Land Channel)


  Element 1, 2,3 

Week  5


 Quering Data - Identifying, selecting and finding (Selecting features by attribute)  Element 1, 2,3 

 Week 6

17/03/14 & 19/03/14

 Quering Data - Identifying, selecting and finding (Selecting features by attribute)

  Element 1, 2,3 

Week 7

24/03/14 & 26/03/14

Assessment 1Element 1, 2,3Assessment 1

Week 8

31/03/14 & 02/04/14

 Selecting features by location & Attribute 

Use location queries
Combine attribute and location queries

  Element 1, 2,3 Assessment 1 due

 Week 9

07/04/14 & 09/04/14

 Selecting features by location & Attribute
Use location queries
Combine attribute and location queries
  Element 1, 2,3 

Week 10

14/04/14 & 16/04/14

Selecting features by location & Attribute

Use location queries
Combine attribute and location queries

  Element 1, 2,3 

Week 11

28/04/14 & 30/04/14

 Joining and relating tables

Link tables in the database for the purpose of data query and management.

  Element 1, 2,3 

 Week 12

05/05/14 & 07/05/14

 Analysing spatial data

  • Buffering features
  • Overlaying data
  Element 1, 2,3 

 Week 13

12/05/14 & 14/05/14

 Build a Database

  • Create a geodatabase
  • Adding fields and domains
  Element 1, 2,3 

Week  14

19/05/14 & 21/05/14

 Creating and editing data

  • Edit  features
  • Create  new features
  Element 1, 2,3 

Week 15

26/05/14 & 28/05/14

Assessment 2 Assessment 2

 Week 16

02/06/14 & 04/06/14

Revision  Element 1, 2,3 

 Week 17

09/06/14 & 11/06/14

TEST  Assessment 2 due

 Week 18

16/06/14 & 18/06/14

Supplementary Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Check the Library Subject Guides:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Weight %

Assessment 1

Assessment 1- Display maps


Assessment 2

Assessment2– map Template


Assessment 3



Assessment 4



These tasks assess the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/ Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

Assessment 4














































To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.

Assessment Task 1 –Weight 20% Due Week 8 
Assessment Task 2 – Weight 30% Due Week 17
TEST                            – Weight 50% Due Week 17

All assessment tasks need to be succesfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment.
CHD (80-100%): Competent with High Distinction
CDI (70-79%): Competent with Distinction
CC (60-69%): Competent with Credit
CAG (50-59%): Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC (<50%): Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit an assessment

Assessment Matrix


Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
 Element 1,2,3 Assessment 1 20% Week 8
 Element 1,2,3 Assessment 2 30% Week 17
 Element 1,2,3 TEST 50% Week 17

Other Information

Underpinning Skills and Knowledge

•spatial skills to:
       • archive and retrieve spatial data
       • capture geographic information
       • manage and manipulate spatial data
       • read external data sets
 • computer systems to manipulate GIS data
• data management processes
• data reduction and manipulation techniques
• database structures, including the relationship of spatial features of database
• potential inaccuracies and problems with GIS data
• requirements relevant to manipulating GIS data:
• accuracy and precision requirements
• data formats

Study and learning Support:
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Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official
due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:
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