Course Title: Determine suitable information sources to create new spatial datasets

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: GEOM5100C

Course Title: Determine suitable information sources to create new spatial datasets

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5237 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services

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 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 20

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 investigate and determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial datasets. It requires the ability to apply wide-ranging specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills. It also requires a broad knowledge of spatial datasets and accountability for personal and group outcomes. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5029A Determine suitable information sources to create new spatial datasets


1 Identify potential sources of spatial data.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Extent, content, intended use, accuracy, precision and format of required spatial datasets are clearly identified from the specifications provided by the suppliers of spatial data.
1.2 A search is undertaken via a range of media to identify sources of information.
1.3 Metadata for potential spatial datasets is obtained to assist in determining the most appropriate spatial data source.
1.4 All potential sources of spatial data are listed according to organisational guidelines.
1.5 OHS issues are considered at all times.
1.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in operating environment and equipment.


2 Assess spatial data availability and suitability.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Spatial datasets are assessed for suitability against the specifications.
2.2 Availability of suitable data is verified with potential suppliers.
2.3 Constraints on the use of spatial data are assessed against specifications.
2.4 Sample data is obtained and assessed to further ensure its suitability, where required.
2.5 Maintenance requirements are determined to ensure currency.


3 Document spatial data assessment.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A written assessment of data availability including cost, licensing conditions and constraints on use is completed according to organisational guidelines.
3.2 A written assessment of the suitability of available data, including comparison with quality, accuracy, standards and format requirements is completed according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in the outcomes required to investigate and determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial datasets 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

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

Week No.

Topic Delivered

Assessment/ Task

1Vertical control survey computation Fieldwork,Comps & Report
2Vertical control survey computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
3Vertical control survey (Braced Quadrilateral network)Fieldwork,Comps & Report
4Survey network computation Fieldwork,Comps & Report
5Linear measurement , Levelling (extended network)Fieldwork,Comps & Report
6Reduction of measurements Fieldwork,Comps & Report
7Horizontal control survey(Total Station), LevellingFieldwork,Comps & Report
8Traverse computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
9Horizontal and vertical control survey (Magnetic & Local Datums)Fieldwork,Comps & Report
10 Traverse computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
11 Horizontal and vertical control survey (Magnetic&Local Datums)
- extended network
Fieldwork,Comps & Report
12 Traverse computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
13Irregular boundary surveyFieldwork,Comps & Report
14 Area computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
15 Grid levelling and contour planFieldwork,Comps & Report
16 Volume computationFieldwork,Comps & Report
17Volume Computation Fieldwork,Comps & Report

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.
MapInfo Manual

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:
• understanding copyright and ownership constraints
• determining data requirements
• evaluating suitability of available data against project specifications
• identifying sources of data.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of the simulated workplace project 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 will require demonstration of:

• Consistence performance of each element of the unit across a representative range of applications, autonomously and to requirements
• Performance criteria for each element of competence
• Underpinning knowledge and skills specified.

Assessment Matrix

Element 1Identify potential sources of spatial dataProject 1
Element 2Assess spatial data availability and suitability.Project 1
Element 3Document spatial data assessmentProject 1

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

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