Spatial Databases

Subject GEOM90018 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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 hours lectures and 24 hours lab exercises
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

The prequisite for this subject may be taken concurrently

Study Period Commencement:
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Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Assoc Prof Egemen Tanin


Subject Overview: The topics covered in this subject will include: the fundamentals of non-spatial and spatial databases; spatial data modelling including entity-relationship models; indexes and access methods including B-trees, quadtrees, and R-trees; query languages and query processing

On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Describe the need for spatial databases, and the differences between spatial and non-spatial database systems
  • Describe the design and principles of spatial databases, including techniques for efficiently storing and retrieving spatial data
  • Design queries for spatial and non-spatial database systems
  • Use and customize specific spatial and non-spatial database systems

  • Three-hour written exam at the end of the semester (60%)
  • Four practical assignment reports of about 3 pages length each, due evenly throughout the semester (40%)
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a grade of at least 50% in the written examinaiton at the end of the semester in order to pass this subject
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended 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 of this subject students should be able to:
  • Apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Manage information and documentation
Related Course(s): Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Spatial Information Science
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Geomatics)

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