Course Title: Applied Geospatial Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Geospatial Techniques

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof. Karin Reinke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0422

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: online and onsite 12.12.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Mon, Tue (2-5pm), Wed, and Thu.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

You are required to complete GEOM2088 Introduction to Surveying before you will be able to enrol in this course.

Course Description

In this integrated, practical course you will participate in three distinct modules:

Surveying reinforces and extends theoretical and practical concepts studied in GEOM2088 Introduction to Surveying. You will examine contemporary field measurement methods and gain experience through practical exercises with relevant instrumentation and field survey measurement techniques to reinforce theoretical concepts.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) introduces the principles of GIS. You will undertake practical exercises and lab sessions designed to introduce the techniques of electronic data manipulation, data editing and transfer. You will explore basic spatial analysis processes and make use of data from the Surveying module.

Cartography complements the theoretical and practical concepts you are studying in GEOM2077 Cartography 1. You will work with data from the surveying and GIS modules to produce an effective, well-designed map.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) and BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours):

2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.

2.2 Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions.

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.

6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities.

6.3 Professionally manage and use information.


This course contributes to the development of additional Program Learning Outcomes in BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours):

2.4 Use cartographic design skills for the visualisation and representation of spatial information 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Operate standard contemporary surveying instruments to make accurate measurement of angles and distances in the field
  2. Work productively as a member of a field survey party
  3. Perform basic digital spatial data analysis, manipulation, editing and conversions
  4. Produce a cartographic product to a high standard of both content and presentation
  5. Argue and demonstrate the necessity of thorough editing of cartographic products
  6. Present results to your peers and teaching staff. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is run as a series of practical sessions with supporting tutorials. In the final session, students will present the results of their efforts to their peers and the teaching staff. To achieve these aims, students will undertake an integrated project, in which they will gather spatial data in the field; import this data into a geographic information system (GIS); manipulate the data to come up with a solution to a problem; and then import it into software where it can be cartographically manipulated to create a well-designed, usable product.

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 RMIT Library, such as books, journals and other course-related materials (electronic and paper-based) Our library offers extensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore we will recommend to you specific text books, websites covering course content plus recommendations for further readings and engage you in discussion board. Computer Labs with the required software are also available for your study. Furthermore we would like you to note the additional resources for Surveying (Prescribed Calculator: HP33s RPN Scientific Calculator).

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Surveying: Survey report and topographic plan of survey
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs:1, 2, 5

Assessment Task 2: Geographic Information Systems (GIS): GIS exercises
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3,4

Assessment Task 3: Cartography: Cartographic exercises, presentation and final map
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3,4,5

Assessment Task 4: Final presentation portfolio and final report: Portfolio and final report
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-6