Spatial Visualisation on Line

Subject GEOM90029 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online subject; individual contact with the academic coordinator
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours

The prerequisites for htis subject are:

451610 Foundations of Spatial Information,
or equivalent subject

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 451611 Spatial Visualisation
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:


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The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
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Subject Overview: The subject introduces the theory and application of both abstract and realistic spatial visualisation options in two, three and four dimensions. These options range from mapping, especially webmapping, to virtual reality, and other forms of spatial communication. Specific topics include: colour theory; communication theory; spatial and temporal visualisation; environmental visualisation; real-time exploration of virtual worlds and augmented reality. Also included are: technical aspects of webmapping, mobile mapping, computer graphics including image manipulation; three-dimensional modelling and transformations; perspective; hidden surface algorithms; illumination models; texture mapping; ray tracing; animation and the use of game engines. Applications of scientific and environmental visualisation for planning and management in built and natural environments are the topic of student seminar presentations.

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

  • Identify and describe the principles and techniques associated with computerised mapping and spatial visualisation
  • Discuss a range of applications in support of communication and decision making
    in natural and built environments.


2-hours of written examination (40%), The equivalent of 3000-words of written assignments and reports on practical work equally spread over the semester (45%). An oral presentation (15%).

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 completion of this subject students should have developed:
  • 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
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them

Note: Students must have access to Windows-based Personal Computer (Pentium 4 or equivalent, 512 M RAM, Graphics card) and Internet facilities.

The subject is available online, covering the same content as 451-611 Spatial Visualisation. Feedback mechanisms are:

  • Marking and comments on assignment reports
  • Offline contact with the academic coordinator, via LMS or email
  • Ofline contact with demonstrators for 451-611

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

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