Programming Geomatics Applications

Subject GEOM30010 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 h lecture and 2 h practical per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Surveying and Mapping, Applications of GIS
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Allison Kealy


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Subject Overview:

Using practical case studies in Geomatics, this subject will enable students to develop software programs that address specific Geomatics problems. It starts with learning the syntax, program structure, and data types of an Object Oriented Programming language. Course projects involve many aspects of the software development life cycle, from algorithm design to software implementation and maintenance.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Design and generate an algorithmic solution to a specified Geomatics problem
  • Use an object oriented programming language to design, implement and test solutions
  • Document and maintain software programs.
Assessment: One 3-hour computer-based exam at the end of semester (60%) Two written programs (one set at the beginning of semester and due mid semester, the other set mid semester and due at the end of semester) and the relevant documentation to support the program. Each worth 20%, equivalent of 3000 words.
Prescribed Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The following generic skills will be strengthened as a result of this course of study:

  • 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
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geomatics
Physical (Environmental Engineering) Systems

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