Course Title: Collate and interpret spatial data

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: GEOM5102C

Course Title: Collate and interpret spatial data

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

Course Contact: William Ntuwah

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4445

Course Contact Email:

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 collate and interpret spatial data to provide the dataset required for project deliverables, often in a supervisory capacity. It requires the ability to apply theoretical spatial concepts to a range of situations in order to identify and interpret the appropriate information, according to client requirements. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5010A Collate and interpret spatial data


1 Access data

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Spatial datasets are retrieved from relevant data storage.
1.2 Data is manipulated into an appropriate format to meet client specifications.

1.3 Requirements for spatial data and constraints are identified through consultation with client or relevant personnel and outcomes are recorded according to organisational guidelines.


2 Query and interpret data.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant sources and data are identified and accessed.
2.2 Data is queried and interpreted using appropriate equipment or software package according to client
requirements.2.3 Data is verified for relevance using descriptive and analytical techniques.
2.4 Irregularities are resolved using initiative.
2.5 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in data.
2.6 Results are recorded and documented according to organisational and client requirements.
2.7 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.


3 Collate data

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Spatial and aspatial requirements are collated to meet organisational needs.
3.2 Most appropriate format and database are selected according to organisational requirements.
3.3 Legal and ethical requirements are addressed.


4 Test and validate collated spatial data.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Tools for testing the validity of the information and data are identified and accessed or developed.
4.2 Links with other functional areas and management systems are identified and facilitated to ensure comprehensive information and data collection.
4.3 Quality and useability of data are ensured according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Computer Lab, classroom or tutorial instruction in spatial data requirements and related tasks associated with the topics above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Maintain client relations using written, oral and electronic communication
Develop data management strategies to collate and interpret data to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on a simulated workplace exercises.
Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

Session                     Topic                                                                                                                                                                                         
1 Introduction to basics of desktop mapping (Definition , How GIS works, Why use GIS,Questions which can be answered using GIS
 2 Contributing Disciplines and Technology
 3 GIS and Cartography , Advantage in using GIS
 4 Selecting Map Objects -Centroids on a Map,Radius select button Create temporary columns Perform queries
 5 Customising Map Display , Labelling and editing a map
 6 Working with Layouts -Produce a Layout window to output Maps, Browsers, graphs , legends, text or other graphic objects.
7Assignment 1
 8 Creating a Buffer
 9 Building and Maintaining Tables - Create a table from scratch - Define a table structure (name, type, size of fields) Import .xls spatial data into MapInfo
 10 Translating Files into MapInfo format -Use the Universal Translator to translate a Shape file
 into MapInfo format
 11 Using SQL Select command
 12 Selecting using Queries -Create subset databases of your information by using the SQL Select function
13Assignment 2
 14 Joining Database Tables
 15 Registering a Raster Image
 16 Registering a Raster Image
17Assignment 3
 18 Modifying Graphic Objects

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.


Other Resources - 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

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• taking responsibility for own outputs in work and learning
• using relevant data by manipulating and analysing it to meet the client’s requirements, including:
• applying operational knowledge in a broad range of areas relating to linking datasets and knowledge management
• applying organisational skills and prioritising activity
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• devising and implementing a cost-effective functional solution
• examining suitability of existing arrangements
• keeping records accurately
• measuring outcomes against specifications
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a substantial range of options is required.

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 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.

Context of Assessment:

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

Assessment Matrix

1 Access data        -    Assignment 1

2 Query and interpret data -  Assignment 2

3 Collate data  -  Assignment 3

4 Test and validate collated spatial data - Assignment 3

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