Course Title: Plan spatial data collection and validation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GEOM5090C

Course Title: Plan spatial data collection and validation

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

William Ntuwah

+61 3 99254445

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop data collection and validation plans for new data. It requires the ability to evaluate spatial information to apply knowledge to plan future collection requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5001A Plan spatial data collection and validation


1 Scope spatial data acquisition requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client instructions are analysed to determine specific needs and spatial data requirements.
1.2 Spatial data requirements and constraints are identified through consultation with client and outcomes are recorded according to organisational guidelines.
1.3 A site assessment is conducted when necessary to clarify the acquisition requirements, and outcomes are recorded according to organisational guidelines.
1.4 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in spatial data acquisition requirements.


2 Evaluate available collection options.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assessment of technical, financial, legal and resource implications of each available collection option is conducted to ensure preferred option meets written data specifications.
2.2 Preferred option is selected on the basis of client needs and organisational capability and priorities.
2.3 OHS issues are considered at all times.
2.4 Assessment process is documented according to organisational guidelines.


3 Develop spatial data collection and validation plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Project objectives, deliverables, constraints and principal work activities are defined and documented according to the written specifications.
3.2 Identified risks, contingencies and resources, as well as full details of technology and techniques to be used to collect the spatial data in the specified format, are included in the plan.
3.3 Spatial data validation process is specified in the plan to verify the integrity of the required spatial data.
3.4 Where necessary, the plan is presented to client for confirmation and approval


4 Communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Written specifications of data to be acquired are communicated with relevant personnel, according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in the outcomes required to develop data collection and validation plans for new data and tasks associated with the elements above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Develop data management strategies to determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial data sets to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises. Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.

Teaching Schedule

Week No.

Topic delivered

Assessment/ Task

1 Exploring the Civil 3D  
2Creating points manually  
3 Editing points geometry 
4 Control the display of point data 
5 Creating a surface and surface boundary 
6 Assignment  Assignment 1
7 Import Civil 3D and compare surfaces 
8 Sites and Alignments 
9 Creating a parcel from Objects  
10 Subdividing and editing lots 
11 Civil 3D profiles 
12 Assignment  Assignment 2
13 Survey set up 
14 Importing and Viewing survey data 
15 Analysing and Reducing survey data 
16 creating survey data Assignment 3
17 creating survey data 

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold.

References - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying cost consideration
• applying qualitative and quantitative measurements for a project
• assessing and acting upon contingencies
• communication and negotiation skills
• determining a collection and validation process based on thorough assessment of all relevant considerations
• managing risks and contingencies
• working towards set targets
• understanding spatial project deliverables.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives.

Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project.

Assessment Matrix



Element 1Scope spatial data acquisition requirements.
Assignment 1
Element 2Evaluate available collection options.
Assignment 2
Element 3Develop spatial data collection and validation
Assignment 2
Element 4Communicate data acquisition requirements to
relevant personnel.
Assignment 3


Note: Assignment due dates will be issued on commencement of the course

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