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Spatial Systems

MajorYear: 2019

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This major aims to provide Bachlor of Design students with the foundations required for a career in the spatial information industry. Spatial Systems specialists work in surveying and land administration, mapping, spatial information systems design and use, and digital innovation. The major in Spatial Systems is concerned with the measurement, modelling and management, analysis, and visualization of information about the Earth's physical features and the built environment.

Careers and Further Study: After completion of a Design degree with a major in Spatial Systems students can enter the workforce with their current skills or apply to commence a professional masters degree.

Intended learning outcomes

In addition to the generic attributes of the University of Melbourne graduate, Spatial Systems Major graduates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to apply spatial systems to design needs-based measurement (sensing), modelling (storing), and representation (mapping) of physical spaces in the real world;
  • Critical thinking, judgement and technical skills in the aesthetic design of information;
  • Sound fundamental understanding of the mathematical, geodetical, and computational principles underlying spatial systems technology;
  • A broad knowledge base of their chosen discipline and of other disciplines, such as computing and civil engineering;
  • Ability to facilitate effective communication with those other professionals with whom spatial systems engineers routinely communicate, such as in construction, planning, asset management, real estate, insurance, law, or the media;
  • Ability to apply the basic principles underlying the management of physical, human and financial resources;
  • Mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical problems;
  • Verbal and written communication skills that enable them to contribute substantially to society;
  • Lifelong learning skills for further professional development and for meeting future changes in technology;
  • Commitment to professional ethics and responsibility towards the profession and the community;
  • Interpersonal and management skills required by engineers in undertaking professional activities
  • Ability to enact the social, cultural and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development;
  • Design skills required for masters-level subjects, such as a land subdivision design studio, geodetic network design, or spatial visualisation;
  • Foundation knowledge to enable learning at AQF Level 9 in geomatic engineering professional masters degrees.

Last updated: 10 August 2019