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Land Administration Systems (GEOM30013)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeGEOM30013
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


In this subject students will learn about systems of land administration to support sustainable land management. Emphasis will be placed on land information infrastructures that facilitate social, environmental and economic functions of land. International good practices of land administration will be introduced along with technical and institutional lessons learnt from developing and developed countries. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in surveying, spatial information, civil and environmental engineering, property management, urban planning but is also relevant to a range of disciplines where land and land information should be considered. This subject forms one of the four required subjects for a student to graduate with a major in Spatial Systems in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Environments. It also leads to further study in masters courses.


Concept of land; evolution of land administration systems; land administration as a development strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction; the cadastral concept and legal, fiscal, multi-purpose and marine cadastres; cadastral surveying and mapping; land registration; rights, restrictions and responsibilities related to land in the context of informal, formal and customary tenures; cadastral systems in developing countries including informal cadastres, customary tenures; relevant international declarations and statements concerned with land administration; cadastral reform; land administration 'tool box'; institutional arrangements supporting land administration; spatial data infrastructures; digital cadastral databases; modelling, designing and evaluating cadastral and land administration systems; land markets and their relationship to planning, valuation and cadastre; access to land information; land administration and spatial information systems.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Explain the social, economic and environmental importance of land in societies
  2. Describe a land administration process and its subsystems
  3. Classify technical and non-technical options for designing and managing land information infrastructures
  4. Analyse local and overseas approaches to land administration in both developed and developing country contexts for sustainable development
  5. Design land administration systems for specific country contexts.

Generic skills

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed 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


Additional details

  • Four tutorial assignments (two 10%, two 5%, total 30%) approximately 2000 words total, due across the semester, requiring approximately 30-35 hours of work in total. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2 and 3 are addressed in these assignments
  • One 2500 word group project (20%) due at the end of semester, requiring approximately 20–25 hours of work per student. ILOs 3, 4 and 5 are addressed in this group project
  • 3 hour examination (50%) held in the end of semester examination period. ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in this examination.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMohsen Kalantari Soltanieh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours (Lectures: 24 hours per semester; Tutorials: 24 hours per semester)
    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

    Dr Mohsen Kalantari Soltanieh


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Williamson, Enemark, Wallace & Rajabifard (2010). Land Administration for Sustainable Development.

  • Subject notes


    The subject is based principally on presentations by academic lecturers and experienced industry professionals who present case studies in their area of expertise. In addition each student prepares and presents a major project report on a topic of their interest selected from an extensive list. A computer laboratory will be used by students to undertake four tutorials in support of the major project report.


    Major text book: Williamson, I., Enemark, S., Wallace, J., and Rajabifard, A. (2009). Land Administration for Sustainable Development. ESRI Press. Library: UniM ERC, Call No. : 333.7316 LAND.

    Further readings are available from http://csdila.unimelb.edu.au/publication/


    Guest Lecturers from government agencies, such as the Land Registry, Office of Survey General, and the Office of Valuer General; present case studies.

  • 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

Last updated: 25 July 2019