Course Title: Design a project plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM7751C

Course Title: Design a project plan

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6065 - Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services

Course Contact : Stephen Larsen Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4742

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Thierry Demathieu - spatial teacher - (03) 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 covers planning for a range of different sizes and types of spatial projects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PRDSIS02A Design a project plan


Communicate project requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Implementation personnel are identified on the basis of the project plan and notified of their involvement according to organisational guidelines

3.2 Project details are communicated to implementation personnel and verified to ensure understanding

3.3 Specific roles and responsibilities of team members and stakeholders are clarified and agreed and reporting requirements clearly outlined

3.4 Project change proposals are considered and changes recommended and documented in accordance with organisation's policies and guidelines


Determine resource requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Human resources, equipment and material requirements for individual tasks are determined in consultation with appropriate stakeholders and based on the project scope

2.2 Contingencies are considered and planned for

2.3 Potential sources of resources and equipment supply are identified and evaluated against project's objectives

2.4 Higher authority endorsements regarding resources and equipment are obtained where necessary

2.5 Personnel are assigned, as appropriate, to meet competency requirements throughout the project life cycle and in accordance with organisational recruitment guidelines

2.6 Individual's responsibilities, authority and personal performance measurement criteria are agreed to ensure clarity of understanding of the work and to provide a basis for ongoing assessment

2.7 Where required, ongoing development and training for project team members is identified, planned for and implemented to achieve overall project objectives

2.8 Resource and equipment access strategies and management plans are developed and agreed to according to organisation's guidelines


Develop project plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Project objectives are clearly defined in project plan including quality standards and performance indicators required to monitor and achieve project deliverables in accordance with organisation's guidelines

1.2 The duration, effort, sequence and inter-dependence of tasks is determined from the brief in consultation with appropriate stakeholders

1.3 Project costs are estimated to enable budgets to be developed and implemented

1.4 Cost control processes are developed and agreed to ensure clarity of understanding and ongoing management of project finances

1.5 Where appropriate project organisation, structure and costs are agreed with higher authority

1.6 Potential, perceived and actual risk and options to manage risks are investigated and clearly recorded in the project plan

1.7 Contingencies are considered and planned for

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in surveying theory and tasks associated with the topics 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 a project plan to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises.
Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

Week1: Yarra Bend group work
Week2: Office work
Week3: Yarra Bend group work
Week4: Office work
Week5: Yarra Bend group work
Week6: Office work
Week7: Yarra Bend group work
Week8: Office work
Week9: Yarra Bend group work
Week10: Office work
Week11: Yarra Bend group work
Week12: Office work
Week13: Yarra Bend group work
Week14: Office work
Week15: Yarra Bend group work
Week16: Office work
Week17: Yarra Bend group work
Week18: Office work

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Acts and Regulations, Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
A Bannister and S Raymond, Surveying, 6th edition, 1992, Pitman
Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Elementary Surveying, 9th edition, 1994, Harper Collins
F A Shepard, Advanced Engineering Surveying problems and solutions, Arnold.

William Irvine, Surveying for Construction, McGraw Hill - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Overview of Assessment

This course is to be delivered and assessed as part of a Land Development Project within a simulated workplace environment and under a normal range of work conditions.
The assessment is done through a combination of:
• Production of project based deliverables to industry standards including the submission of an "Expression of Interest" and supporting documents.
• Presentation of a portfolio in accordance with the program standards (SIS Quality Plan) including references, coursework, reports and management records.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 = Engineering setout exam
Assessment 2 = Cadastral setout exam
Assessment 3 = Major project

Assessment Matrix

Element: Communicate project requirements = Assessment 1, 2, 3 
Element: Determine resource requirements = Assessment 1, 2, 3 
Element: Develop project plan = Assessment 1, 2, 3 

Other Information

The assessment for this course requires students to maintain and present on request a Training Record Book that details their participation in both simulated and workplace assessment activities and achievement of the units or elements of competence which underpin delivery of this course.

Assessment dates.
Assessment due dates will be issued on commencement of the course. Submission of all prescribed assessment tasks by the due dates is expected.

Students are required to participate in the OH&S induction program for this course and at all times follow the occupational health and safety policies and procedures demonstrating appropriate behaviours to ensure the safety of self and others.

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