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Spatial Information Research Project (GEOM90020)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 50On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90020
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

AIMS

The Spatial Information Research Project is the capstone experience of a postgraduate course, requiring integrating knowledge and expertise gained from all previous coursework and applying it to an individual challenging research problem under academic supervision. Reflecting the interdisciplinary character of the course, the student can choose two supervisors; one of them has to be from the Geomatics discipline in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. The project will culminate in a thesis.

Students may undertake this 50 point research project in the following options:

One semester by enrolling in GEOM90020 Spatial Information Science Research Project (50pts)

OR

Stretched over two consecutive semesters by combining either:

  • GEOM90010 Spatial Information Research Project A (12.5pts) in one Semester and GEOM90023 Spatial Information Research Project B (37.5pts) in the consecutive semester.

OR

  • GEOM90013 Spatial Information Research Project C (25pts) in one Semester and GEOM90031 Spatial Information Research Project D (25pts) in the consecutive semester.

These options facilitate some flexibility in the choice of electives that are offered in particular semesters only, however, the approval for this arrangement is completely at the discretion of the Subject Coordinator. A project stretched over two semesters is still assessed as a whole at the end of the second component. The thesis has to cover the whole project.

INDICATIVE CONTENT

The student will develop a research question in spatial information science and an appropriate research methodology for investigating the question. After approval by the supervisor(s) the student will apply this methodology, analyse results, and report in a thesis.

Intended learning outcomes

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Define a research project in their subject matter
  2. Develop an approach in order to run a research project in their subject matter
  3. Use and develop associated technologies according to their chosen methodology
  4. Interpret and discuss experimental results with respect to a hypothesis.

Generic skills

On successful completion students should have the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Enrolment into this subject requires subject coordinator permission

And

Successful completion of the following subject is required to enrol:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GEOM90016 2019

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject and:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GEOM90010 Spatial Information Research Project A
Summer Term
Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
GEOM90023 Spatial Information Research Project B
Summer Term
Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
37.5
GEOM90013 Spatial Information Research Project C
Summer Term
Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
25
GEOM90031 Spatial Information Research Project D
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25

Recommended background knowledge

Students should have some background knowledge of individual project work and report writing from breadth or capstone subjects.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

The research project culminates in a thesis, reporting about the addressed research problem, approach, results, and conclusions. A project stretched over two semesters is still assessed at the end of the second component. The thesis will be assessed by two examiners, both possibly supervisors, according to the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4, and is worth 100%. Effective feedback will be provided to students continuously during the project period: (a) at the beginning of the project the supervisor(s) will discuss with the student their expectations on a page or word limit on an individual basis, due to the variety of the characters of research projects in spatial information such as fieldwork, programming, or literature review, and (b) in weekly or fortnightly individual, face-to-face progress meetings. The total workload of a Spatial Information Research Project is 800 hours.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursWeekly contact hours with academic supervisors.
    Total time commitment800 hours
    Teaching period 8 January 2019 to 22 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 January 2019
    Census date18 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursWeekly contact hours with academic supervisors.
    Total time commitment800 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

  • Winter Term
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursWeekly contact hours with academic supervisors.
    Total time commitment800 hours
    Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 21 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 5 July 2019
    Census date12 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 July 2019
    Assessment period ends26 July 2019

    Winter Term contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursWeekly contact hours with academic supervisors.
    Total time commitment800 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Professor Stephan Winter

    winter@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

800 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS

    The subject is guided by weekly progress meetings with the supervisor(s). While the components of the project are relatively constant (research idea, literature review, theoretical framework, experiment, analysis, discussion and reporting) the student is urged to develop early a time plan to manage their progress according to their individual research problem. The time plan is used in supervisor meetings to reflect on progress and potentially provide guidance.

    The thesis has in many cases the form of a scientific paper, such that in cases of outstanding and scientifically original work the thesis can also be submitted for publication.

    INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES

    As an individual research project it is up to the student to identify required resources (typically access to the scientific literature as provided electronically through the University library). Computing resources are provided by the University. The skills for doing a research project were developed in the pre-requisite subject.

    CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS

    Typically this is an academic research project, oriented along scientific literature and aiming to produce a scientific outcome.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019