Course Title: Undertake spatial information services research and development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEOM5108C

Course Title: Undertake spatial information services research and development

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

Lisa Cheong

Nominal Hours: 80

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 undertake research and development within the spatial information services (SIS) area. It requires the ability to demonstrate a broad and specialised spatial data knowledge base, and to incorporate technical and creative skills to plan and execute activity to meet deliverables. Functions will entail complying with and developing or amending organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS6010A Undertake spatial information services research and development


1. Identify specific data and information requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Organisational guidelines are analysed to determine
specific needs and spatial data requirements.
1.2 Contents are discussed with relevant personnel.
1.3 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
research and design methods.


2. Identify research requirements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Purpose of research is clarified.
2.2 Options for obtaining information and spatial data
are identified.
2.3 Potential for development in SIS is identified.


3. Obtain data.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Literature and information searches are undertaken to
evaluate current market demands and developments.
3.2 Possible stakeholders are identified based on the
parameters of the potential development.
3.3 Results of the information search are documented
and communicated according to organisational
3.4 Funding sources are identified to match the potential


4. Prepare draft research proposal.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Information is included in the research proposal
relating to identified risks and contingencies,
resources, technology details and techniques to be
used to collect data in the specified format.
4.2 Pertinent legal and statutory standards, OHS and
legislative requirements are incorporated into the
research proposal.
4.3 Research on background analysis is documented in
the drafting of the research proposal.
4.4 Effectiveness of the data is checked to ensure clear
and concise language is used so that key points and
draft recommendations are understood.
4.5 Sources of information are acknowledged and


5. Produce final research proposal.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Research proposal is developed according to
organisational guidelines, including aims, objectives,
expected outcomes and contingencies.
5.2 Range of methodologies is evaluated against project
plan and suitable method is chosen.
5.3 Work plan and budget, including resource
requirements, are developed and negotiated with
research workers.
5.4 Proposal to proceed is prepared and appropriate
support is obtained.
5.5 Accuracy and relevance is established when
information is collated.
5.6 Research brief, including methodologies not used are
filed or stored for future use according to
organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in the outcomes required to design spatial project plan 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 design spatial project plan to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises.
Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is available in the Distributed Learning System (Blackboard). Refer to it for any changes or announcements.

19Preparation for presentation (in class)  
20Preparation for presentation (in class)  
21Preparation for presentation (in class)  
22Presentation 17 students (10 minutes) Assessment 1 - Presentation 10%
23Proposal writing / presentation preparation  
24Proposal writing / presentation preparation  
25Proposal writing / presentation preparation  
26Proposal major project presentation (5 minutes)  Assessment 2 - Proposal 30%
Assessment 3 - Presentation 10%
27Proposal major project feedback  
28Proposal major project feedback  
29Proposal major project feedback  
30Proposal major project feedback  
31Proposal major project feedback  
32Major project week 
33Work on Major project deliverables 
34Work on Major project deliverables Assessment 4 - Major project 30%
35Work on Major project presentation 
36Work on Major project presentationAssessment 5 - Presentation 20%

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

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

The Assessment and Assessment Matrix are available in the Distributed Learning System (Blackboard). Refer to it for any changes or announcements.

Element 1. Identify specific data and information requirements.Assignment 1, 2, 3
Element 2. Identify research requirements.Assignment 1, 2, 3
Element 3. Obtain data.Assignment 1, 2, 3, 4
Element 4. Prepare draft research proposal.Assignment 2
Element 5. Produce final research proposal.Assignment 4 & 5

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