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Integrated Spatial Systems (GEOM30012)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeGEOM30012
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Solutions to environmental dilemmas that face us in the 21st century require an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. This subject, delivered in the final semester of the Spatial Systems major, provides a basis for students to integrate and apply the knowledge they have gained throughout their studies in different disciplines to solve real world problems.

The project will provide opportunities to apply knowledge of fundamental concepts, theory, and applications in core areas of positioning technologies and measurement integration, GIS, distributed spatial computing and mapping, web mapping, and location-based services. The application of these skills will be undertaken during a 4 day field work programme at the Dookie Campus.

The subject will also provide ample opportunity for the students to gain experience and skills in how to perform a real-world, client-driven, interdisciplinary project, including important communication and organizational skills.

This subject will have a 4 day residential field work at the Dookie Campus during the Semester 2 mid semester break. This field work is compulsory for all students.


Project management, scientific communication, data collection and management, map design, GPS surveying

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Access, collect, organize and present (spatial) data in ways that support landscape management planning
  2. Integrate appropriate components of spatial technologies to meet the requirements of specific industry problems
  3. Produce spatial information to enhance the ecological, economic and social value of the study site
  4. Communicate these enhancements effectively using appropriate spatial formats
  5. Manage a project, including time and workload management, and project presentation
  6. Critically reflect on the process and achievements of their project, and the contribution and conduct of themselves and their colleagues.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject the students will have the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Eligibility and requirements


Successful completion of the following subjects are required to enrol:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping
Semester 2
GEOM20013 Applications of GIS
Semester 1
GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment
Semester 1
COMP20005 Engineering Computation
Semester 1
Semester 2
GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems
Semester 2

Plus One of (unless admitted into the Spatial specialisation in the 300pt MC-ENG):

  • MAST10018 - Linear Algebra Extension Studies
  • MAST10019 - Calculus Extension Studies

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MAST10007 Linear Algebra
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
MAST10005 Calculus 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
MAST10006 Calculus 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Note : GEOM20015 and GEOM30013 may be completed concurrently



Non-allowed subjects

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

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EVSC30007 Integrated Landscape Analysis
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

Students will need to acquaint themselves with project management techniques, scientific communication strategies (written and verbal) and various techniques of resource assessment.

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


Additional details

  • Group project proposal (20%) 3000 words, due in week 5. Each group will have 3 or 4 students, requiring approximately 20 hours of work per student. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2 and 3 are addressed in this assessment
  • Group project report (30%) 5000 words, due in week 12. Each group will have 3 or 4 students, requiring approximately 30 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in this report
  • Individual project evaluation report (32%) (blog, 500 words overall, at least 4 entries) continuing, ends in examination period. Requires approximately 40 hours of work. ILOs 5 and 6 are addressed in this assessment
  • Group project seminar presentation (18%) of 20 minutes, with individual participation and assessment in the examination period. Requiring approximately 15 hours per student. Addresses ILOs 1 to 5.

Hurdle Requirement: Participation in the field work is a hurdle requirement to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorStephan Winter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week; Tutorials: 2 hours per week; Fieldwork: 4 days)
    Total time commitment170 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


Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Compulsory four day field camp occurring in the mid semester break. Students will be required to pay for their own accommodation and meal costs for duration of camp.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Project manual accessible from the subject’s LMS page.

    UoM library webpage and Google Scholar for literature search

  • Subject notes

    The Field trip will have associated food and accommodation costs.


    The projects will address real-world problems and challenges.

    For approximately half of the semester, lectures will discuss generic project management and communication principles and skills, relating them back to the student projects. In the other half of the semester, workshops and tutorials will introduce specialist topics and skills that the students may need for their project work. Throughout the whole semester, practicals are run that offer students a dedicated time for getting together as a team. These practicals also offer opportunity for in-depth discussion with the lecturers of approaches students may choose or challenges they may face in their projects. Further, students are expected to self-organize project including time line and task management.


    Project manual accessible from the subject’s LMS page.

    UoM library webpage and Google Scholar for literature search.


    The Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) serves as outside client for the student projects. They provide an introduction into their work, the Merri Creek, and the kind of challenges they are facing at the beginning of the semester (typically week 2), as a client will discuss the project proposals with the individual groups (typically in week 5), and will participate at the student presentations at the end of the semester.

    Students who are working (part-time) in relevant work places are free to use resources (equipment or colleagues/supervisors as consultants) from these work places in their project work as long as this is properly indicated.

  • Breadth options
  • 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: 4 September 2019