Course Title: Design a spatial project plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445

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

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits, and interaction with
individuals and groups within the Surveying and Spatial area. 

Teaching Schedule


19Introduction and Overview of Course 
20Develop an SIS project plan 
21Develop an SIS project plan 
22Develop an SIS project plan 
23Estimate project costs 
24Estimate project costs 
25Estimate project costsProject plan Phase 1
26Determine resource requirements 
27Determine resource requirements 
28Determine resource requirements 
29Assign tasks and train personnel 
30Assign tasks and train personnel 
31Assign tasks and train personnelProject plan Phase 2
32Communicate project requirements 
33Communicate project requirements 
34Communicate project requirements 
35PresentationProject plan Presentation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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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

You are required to complete the following four assessment tasks:
1. Assignment       Weight 20%  - Week 25
2. Assignment       Weight 20%  - Week 31
3. Presentation      Weight 30%  - Week 35
4. Project portfolio Weight 30%  - Week 36

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CAG 50 – 59% Competence Achieved -Graded
CC  60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction

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

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task       Element                     Percentage loading

Assignment One       Element 1, 2                     20%
Assignment Two       Element 3, 4                     20%
Project presentation  Element 5                        30%
Portfolio                    Element 1,2,3,4 and 5      30%

Other Information

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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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