Course Title: Develop, monitor and maintain geographic information systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC5981C

Course Title: Develop, monitor and maintain geographic information systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6098 - Advanced 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
03 9925 4445
Trent Rhodes

Nominal Hours: 35

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 relates to the management of application architecture

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LGAPLEM607A Develop, monitor and maintain geographic information systems


1. Develop applications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Council needs and constraints in relation to GIS are identified

1.2 Feasibility of new application is determined in consultation with relevant personnel

1.3 Input is provided into the evaluation of options and tender applications

1.4 Pilot applications are tested and production systems implemented in consultation with relevant personnel

1.5 Contribution is made to customising applications to meet the needs of Council personnel


2. Monitor effectiveness of applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Applications are monitored and evaluated against Council and user requirements

2.2 Applications are modified as appropriate to meet Council and user requirements


3. Customise processes to improve the efficiency of GIS environments

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate macros and scripts are designed to customise software applications to meet Council needs

3.2 Customisations are automated where appropriate to level of usage

3.3 Graphical user interfaces are created and customised to meet requirements of Council users


4. Manage and store spatial data sets

Performance Criteria:

4.1 New source data is updated and inserted into a digital base using appropriate hardware/software

4.2 Appropriate links are created between spatial and textual data bases

4.3 Spatial and attribute data is interrogated

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Surveying area.

Teaching Schedule

Week NoTopicComment/ Assessment Tasks
2Develop applications 
3Develop applications
4Develop applications 
5Develop applications
6Develop applications 
7Develop applications
8Develop applications 
9Develop applications
Assessment 1
10Monitor effectiveness of applications 

Monitor effectiveness of applications

12Customise processes to improve the efficiency of GIS environments 
13Customise processes to improve the efficiency of GIS environments
14Customise processes to improve the efficiency of GIS environments 
15Manage and store spatial data setsAssessment 2
Assessment 3
18Portfolio Assessment 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Assignment 1  - Weight 15%  due Week 7
2. Assignment 2  - Weight 20% due Week 12
3. Project              - Weight 50% due Week 17
4.Portfolio             - Weight 15% due Week 18

All assessment tasks need to be succesfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CAG 50 – 59% Competence Achieved - Graded 
CC 60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction


Assessment Matrix

Assessment TaskElementPercentage
AssignmentElement 1, 215%
AssignmentElement 3, 420%
ProjectElement 1, 2, 3 & 450%
PortfolioElement 1, 2,3 & 415%

Other Information

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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