Course Title: Geospatial Science Major Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geospatial Science Major Project A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Chris Bellman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3269

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.024

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2124 Research Procedures

Course Description

This course is a major component of the final year, providing an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and expertise to a high level in an area of geospatial science, surveying, or cartography of particular interest to you. The nature of the projects chosen for completion in this subject must contain some element of research. Projects based around industry needs are highly recommended. Projects will generally be completed individually but in some circumstances, where the nature of the project deems it appropriate, there may be more than one student involved. The course includes feedback from industry.


Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify a suitable project relating to geospatial science, surveying or cartography that is appropriate for a final year research project
  • Define clearly the objectives of that research project
  • State succinctly the proposed outcomes for that project
  • Identify and analyse the tasks that need to be done in order to achieve the project aims and objectives
  • Develop a research project plan
  • Conduct a literature review
  • Liaise in a professional manner with all relevant parties (which may include industry or industry-like feedback) as appropriate for that project.


These objectives will help with GEOM2115-Geospatial Science Major Project B.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.5   Discern research directions and advances within the surveying discipline.
2.1   Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.
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.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be assisted to develop a proposal for a project in a brief series of lectures and through consultation with academic staff and/or industry.

Your project will have an internal supervisor who will be an academic member of staff. In many instances, there will also be an external (external to RMIT) supervisor, who has a particular interest in your project area. They may serve as a potential mentor and will provide industry feedback.

The course will also include occasional lectures on matters relating to the satisfactory completion of a major project.

You will develop a research proposal with the support and guidance of your internal supervisor. This will provide the basis of assessment for this course. You are expected to conduct a literature review and prepare a draft literature review document, as evidence of your progress in the project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include books and notes as referred to in class. Course documents and other relevant materials are available online. You will have access to the necessary equipment (surveying, GPS etc.) as well as computer hardware and software to undertake their major project.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed on the quality of the following components:

An approved written research proposal.
Appropriate Project Management documentation and charts.
A draft literature review document covering your project topic.

Industry will provide feedback and input into assessment for this course. All components must be completed in order to pass the course.

This course must be successfully completed before students may undertake the following GEOM2115-Geospatial Science Major Project B course in semester 2.