Course Title: Dissertation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dissertation

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Kefei Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3272

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 12, Level 11, Room 14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GEOM1159 – GIS Fundamentals

You must also have completed a course on research methods or its equivalent

Course Description

This course is a major component of the Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information) and provides you with the opportunity to develop your research expertise and knowledge in an area of geospatial science of particular interest. Your dissertation will be developed in conjunction with an assigned internal academic supervisor. It may be possible to have input or assistance from external people depending on the nature of the project. The dissertation can either be pure research, vocationally (applied) oriented or maybe a combination of both.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in MC058 (Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Science):

1.3 Identify and elaborate specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.
1.4 Discern research directions and advances within geospatial science.
2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.
2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.
3.1 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development.
3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience.
6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning.
6.3 Professionally manage and use information.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify a suitable research dissertation relating to geospatial science
  2. Clearly state and elaborate the objectives, research question/s and proposed outcomes for the dissertation.
  3. Express the rationale for undertaking the dissertation
  4. Elucidate and justify the proposed method for undertaking the dissertation
  5. Systematically and competently implement the method identified in the dissertation
  6. Produce final dissertation outcomes of a high professional standard.

Overview of Learning Activities

Undertaking literature searching and reviews

Establishing research project objectives and scope

Determining a research project timeline

Liaising with research project supervisor

Liaising with industry partner if applicable

Presentation at an internal seminar series


Total hours are expected to be around 240 hours in total. This will comprise a 2 hour briefing held in Week 2; a 2 hour seminar held in Week 12; and regular meetings with a supervisor (approximately once a fortnight of one hour). Therefore 10 hours will be contact and the remaining 230 hours will be non-contact.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course at RMIT University you can access the extensive learning resources provided in the School and in the library, such as books, journals and other course-related materials (electronic and paper-based) The library offers extensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be by a written report and oral presentation.


This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:


  1. Assessment task (Formative):Submission of a research proposal consisting of research project aims, research questions, rationale and methods to be adopted.
  2. Assessment Task: Dissertation (100%): Submission of research dissertation. This can also be submitted as a research paper with approval from the student supervisor.
    (CLOs 1-6)