|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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)
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.
- 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.
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:
- Define a research project in their subject matter
- Develop an approach in order to run a research project in their subject matter
- Use and develop associated technologies according to their chosen methodology
- Interpret and discuss experimental results with respect to a hypothesis.
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
Enrolment into this subject requires subject coordinator permission
Successful completion of the following subject is required to enrol:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
Students cannot enrol in and gain credit for this subject and:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|GEOM90010||Spatial Information Research Project A||
|GEOM90023||Spatial Information Research Project B||
|GEOM90013||Spatial Information Research Project C||
|GEOM90031||Spatial Information Research Project D||
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
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 coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Weekly contact hours with academic supervisors. Total time commitment 800 hours Teaching period 8 January 2019 to 22 February 2019 Last self-enrol date 17 January 2019 Census date 18 January 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 15 February 2019 Assessment period ends 2 March 2019
Summer Term contact information
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Weekly contact hours with academic supervisors. Total time commitment 800 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Winter Term
Principal coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Weekly contact hours with academic supervisors. Total time commitment 800 hours Teaching period 1 July 2019 to 21 July 2019 Last self-enrol date 5 July 2019 Census date 12 July 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 19 July 2019 Assessment period ends 26 July 2019
Winter Term contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Stephan Winter Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Weekly contact hours with academic supervisors. Total time commitment 800 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
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.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Master of Spatial Information Science
- 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.