Course Title: Undertake spatial information services research and development

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445

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

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.

The project will be undertaken in the current or simulated student workplace.

Teaching Schedule

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

19Introduction and Overview of Course 
20Identify specific data and information requirements 
21 - 18 July 2012
Identify research requirements Major Project Phase 1
22Identify research requirements
23Identify research requirements 
24Obtain data 
25Obtain data 
26Obtain data 
27Obtain dataMajor Project Phase 2
28Prepare draft research proposal 
29Prepare draft research proposal 
30Prepare draft research proposal 
31Produce final research proposal 
32Produce final research proposal 
33Produce final research proposalMajor Project Phase 3
34Major project deliverables
35Major project deliverables 
36Major project deliverablesMajor Project 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 21
2. Assignment       Weight 20%  - Week 27
3. Project               Weight 40%  - Week 33
4. Presentation      Weight 20% - 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 and 2                    20%
Assignment Two       Element 3                              20%
Project                      Element 4 and 5                    40%
Presentation              Element 1,2,3,4 and 5          20%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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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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Other Information:

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