Course Title: Design a spatial project plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUSM6331C

Course Title: Design a spatial project plan

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6098 - Advanced 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

Thierry Demathieu
9925 8359

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 specifies the outcomes required to plan for a range of spatial information services (SIS) projects. It requires the ability to apply strategic planning processes, incorporating analysis of information and concepts at technical, practical and abstract levels. It also requires accountability for personal and group outcomes. Functions will entail complying with, and developing or amending, organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS6004A Design a spatial project plan


1. Develop an SIS project plan.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Nature of the spatial information services project is
determined according to legislative requirements.
1.2 Project tasks are clearly defined in the project plans.
1.3 Quality standards and performance indicators
required to monitor and achieve project deliverables
are determined according to organisational
1.4 Duration, effort, sequence and interdependence of
tasks are determined from the brief, in consultation
with appropriate stakeholders.
1.5 Potential, perceived and actual risk as well as options
to manage risks are investigated and clearly recorded
in the project plan.
1.6 Contingencies and problems are considered and
planned for.
1.7 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
project plans.


2. Estimate project costs.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Project costs are estimated to enable budgets to be
developed and implemented.
2.2 Cost control processes are developed and agreed to
ensure clarity of understanding and ongoing
management of project finances.
2.3 Where appropriate, project organisation, structure
and costs, including spatial technology, are agreed
with higher authority.


3. Determine resource requirements.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Based on the project scope, human resources,
equipment and material requirements for individual
tasks are determined in consultation with appropriate
3.2 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in operating environment.
3.3 Contingencies and risk management processes are
considered and planned for.
3.4 Higher authority endorsements regarding resources
and equipment are obtained where necessary.
3.5 Personnel are assigned as appropriate to meet
competency requirements according to organisational
recruitment guidelines.
3.6 Resource and equipment access strategies and
management plans are developed and agreed to
according to organisational guidelines.


4. Assign tasks and train personnel.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Individual’s responsibilities, authority and personal
performance measurement criteria are agreed to
ensure clarity of understanding of the work and
provide a basis for ongoing assessment.
4.2 Ongoing development and training for project team
members is identified, planned for and implemented
to achieve overall project objectives.
4.3 OHS issues are considered at all times.


5. Communicate project requirements.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Implementation personnel are identified on the basis
of the project plan and notified of their involvement
according to organisational guidelines.
5.2 Project details are communicated to implementation
personnel and verified to ensure understanding.
5.3 Specific roles and responsibilities of team members
and stakeholders are clarified and agreed and
reporting requirements are clearly outlined.
5.4 Project change proposals are considered and changes
are recommended and documented according to
organisational policies and guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in the outcomes required to Conduct design and set out survey 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 Conduct design and set out survey 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 teaching schedule is a clustered schedule for:

Determine client requirements
Design a project plan
Conduct design and setout survey
Complex engineering surveys

19Project 4 
20Project 4 
21Subdivision design/plan of survey  
22Subdivision design  
23Subdivision design  
24Subdivision design/plan of survey  P4 - control due
25Feature plan P4 - feature due
26Field notes

P4 - consultant fee

27Surveyors report  Proposal and CA, FN and SR due
28Neighbourhood context  
29Design response  
30Plan of subdivision  
31Plan of subdivision ODP, Neighbourhood and design due
32Major project week  
33Major project  
34Major project  
35Major project  
36Major project presentation at Yarra Bend  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to:

Overview of Assessment

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.

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

This Assessments are clustered for:

Determine client requirements
Design a project plan
Conduct design and setout survey
Complex engineering surveys

Element 1. Develop an SIS project plan.Assignment 3
Element 2. Estimate project costs.Assignment 3
Element 3. Determine resource requirements.Assignment 3
 Element 4.  Assign tasks and train personnel. Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
 Element 5.  Communicate project requirements. Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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