Spatial Information Research Project B

Subject GEOM90023 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact hours with academic supervisors on request.
Total Time Commitment: 360 hours

The pre-requisites are listed below (or equivalent). This project can only be taken if the supervisors are satisfied that the completed subjects provide sufficient knowledge in the topic area.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students should have some background knowledge of individual project work and report writing from breadth or capstone subjects.
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The Spatial Information Research Project is a 37.5 point individual research project under academic supervision. Reflecting the interdisciplinary character of the course, the student has to find two supervisors; one of them from Geomatics. The project will culminate in a thesis and a poster presentation.

Pending the approval of both supervisors, students can stretch the research project over two consecutive semesters, for example by combining Spatial Information Research Project A (12.5 pts) with this subject (37.5 points). This facilitates some flexibility in the choice of electives offered in particular semesters, however approval is completely at the discretion of the supervisors. A project stretched over two semesters is still assessed as a whole at the end of the second component. The thesis and poster presentation need to cover the whole project.


On successful completion students will have the ability to:

  • Define a research project in their subject matter
  • Develop an approach in order to run a research project in their subject matter
  • Use and develop associated technologies to according to their chosen methodology
  • Interpret and discuss experimental results with respect to a hypothesis


The research project (as a whole) culminates in a thesis, reporting about the addressed research problem, approach, results, and conclusions. The thesis will be assessed by two examiners, both possibly supervisors. At the beginning of the project the supervisor(s) will discuss with the student their expectations on a page or word limit on an individual basis, due to the variety of the characters of research projects in spatial information such as fieldwork, programming, or literature review. Additionally the project outcomes will be presented at a joint poster session. The total mark consists of a 60% component for the report and a 40% component for the poster, the latter assessed in peer review. The total workload of a Spatial Information Research Project is 480 hours. A project assessed stretched over two semesters is still assessed as a whole at the end of the second component.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On successful completion students should have:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Related Course(s): Master of Spatial Information Science

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