Course Title: Geospatial Science Major Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geospatial Science Major Project A

Credit Points: 12.00

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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,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Karin Reinke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0422

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.026-1

Course Coordinator Availability: Mondays to Thursdays 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 sciences. 

The nature of the project chosen for completion in this subject must contain some element of research. Projects based around industry needs are also 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

On completion of this course you will have developed your ability to: 

  1. develop and conduct a research project
  2. apply your knowledge to the solution of a significant scientific problem
  3. accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your results
  4. appropriately communicate the outcomes of your research to diverse audiences
  5. work responsibly, safely and ethically
  6. work collaboratively with your peers and supervisor/s 

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

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

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. 

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

Satisfactory completion of this course is a prerequisite course for Geospatial Science Major Project B 
The combined course, Geospatial Science Major Project A and B, is assessed on the following works: 



Assessment Task 1 (in Semester 1):  

A progress report providing evidence of key project activities for the semester.  

Weighting 10% (Geospatial Science Major Project A) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3,4,5 

Assessment Task 2 (in Semester 1):  

A project poster and oral presentation to industry of your project proposal. 

Weighting 10% (Geospatial Science Major Project A). 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3,4,6 

Assessment Task 3 (in Semester 2):  

A final project presentation to summarise your project and its outcomes.         

Weighting 10% (Geospatial Science Major Project B) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,4,5,6 

Assessment Task 4 (in Semester 2):  

A final written project report, following professional style and conventions.       

Weighting 70% (Geospatial Science Major Project B) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6