Land Administration

Subject GEOM90032 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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: 24 h lectures and 24 hours projects and lab exercises
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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
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Subject Overview: Land administration introduces to the legal, fiscal and administrative relationships to land. Topics covered include the concept of land; evolution of cadastres and 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, parallel cadastres, marine cadastres and 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 data bases; 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.

On completion of this subject students will have the ability to:

  • Discuss the need for effective and efficient land administration systems and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs)
  • Review a variety of technologies for designing and managing these systems
  • Analyse a range of local and overseas approaches to land administration in both developed and developing country contexts for sustainable development.
  • One 2-hour written examination at the end of semester (50%).
  • A 3000-word major project report (30%) and a 30-minute oral group presentation of the major report (10%), due at the end of the semester.
  • One tutorial assignment or topic presentation, due in month 1 or month 2 of the semester (10%).
Prescribed Texts: Dale, P.F. and J.D. McLaughlin. (1999) Land Administration, Oxford University Press.
Rajabifard A (2007), Towards a Spatially Enabled Society, the University of Melbourne Press,
Williamson, I.P, Enemark, S, and Wallace, J. (editors) Sustainability and Land Administration
Williamson, I.P., Rajabifard, A. and Mary-Ellen Feeney (editors). Developing Spatial Data Infrastructures: from concept to reality.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion the students will have the:

  • 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

Related Course(s): Master of Spatial Information Science

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