Land Administration

Subject GEOM40001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (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: Forty-eight hours of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Abbas Rajabifard


Melbourne School of Engineering Office
Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
General telephone enquiries
+ 61 3 8344 6703
+ 61 3 8344 6507
+ 61 3 9349 2182
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Subject Overview:

Topics covered include the concept of land; people's relationships to land; evolution of cadastres and land administration systems, land administration projects as a development strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction; the cadastral concept; legal, fiscal, multi-purpose and marine cadastres; cadastral surveying and mapping - boundary options and technical options; principles and concepts of land registration; rights, restrictions and responsibilities related to land and in the context of informal and formal tenures; cadastral systems in developing countries including informal cadastres, parallel cadastres, marine cadastres and customary tenures; international declarations and statements concerned with land administration; cadastral reform; land administration 'tool box'; institutional arrangements supporting land administration; spatial
data infrastructures - principles, issues and challenges; digital cadastral data bases; modelling, designing and evaluating cadastral and land administration systems; land markets and their relationship to planning, valuation and cadastres; access to land information; land administration and
spatial information systems in Victoria and associated government policy; the role of licensed cadastral surveyors.


On completion of this subject students should:

  • Understand the need for effective and efficient land administration systems and their relationship to spatial data infrastructures (SDIs)
  • Be able to review a variety of technologies for designing and managing these systems
  • Be able to understand and analyse local and overseas approaches to land administration and SDIs in both developed and developing country contexts and be able to relate these systems to sustainable development.

One 3-hour written examination at the end of semester (50%). A 4000-word major project report (20%). Group presentation of the major report (20%). Mini assignments (10%).

Prescribed Texts: Williamson, I.P, Enemark, S. and Wallace, J. (2006), Sustainability and Land Administration Systems, Geomatics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia.
Recommended Texts:

Rajabifard, A. (2007), Towards a Spatially Enabled Society, University of Melbourne

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of the subject students should:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least ne engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and committment to them
  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so
  • Cpacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Geographic Information Technology
Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering
Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering & Bach of Planning & Design(Prop&Const)
Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering and Bachelor of Information Systems
Bachelor of Geomatic Engineering and Bachelor of Science

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