Course Title: Land Administration and Management in the Asia Pacific

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Land Administration and Management in the Asia Pacific

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2009


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr David Mitchell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2420

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.10.12

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. No prior knowledge of land administration or land management is required; however this course assumes that you have a degree in a related field, and access to the Internet.

Course Description

This course is designed to explore a deeper understanding of land administration and land issues in the Asia-Pacific. Increase your appreciation of the key theory and concepts of land administration and land management exemplified by practical case studies from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The course is designed for people involved in international development projects and/or an interest in this topic such as: policy makers, policy analysts, consultants, private professionals such as surveyors, planners, engineers and valuers. The course seeks to provide you with a sound understanding of the concepts and major issues facing land administration globally, and can serve as a foundation for further studies in land administration and land management (for example “Land Policy”).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • critically analyse components and stages of land administration systems
  • understand the difference between land administration and land management
  • understand the concepts of land policy in relation to tenure security and land markets
  • display a critical understanding of the different approaches used in developed and developing countries
  • understand the application of geospatial technology to land administration systems
  • demonstrate skills in relating land theory to particular country situations.

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

  • 1.1 Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins the geospatial sciences.
  • 1.2 Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice.
  • 1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.
  • 1.4 Discern research directions and advances within geospatial science.
  • 4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience.
  • 5.3 Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework and the general professional environment graduates will encounter, including a commitment to continuing professional development and life-long learning.
  • 6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning.
  • 6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course encourages dialogue between classmates of the issues as a means to further understand the material presented in lectures and problem solving activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. Our library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore journal articles and other Web resources will be used as additional references. More details will be provided during the course.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will comprise a minor essay considering the practice of land administration in Australasia, a major essay considering land administration and management in developing countries in the region, and class participation and presentation.