Land Administration Systems

Subject GEOM30013 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of projects & lab exercises per semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Mohsen Kalantari

Subject Overview:

Land Administration Systems introduces different approaches and systems to manage 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 databases; 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


Upon 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 approached to land administration in both developed and developing country contexts for sustainable development
  • Four tutorial assignments, due across the semester (two @10%, two @5%, total 30%)
  • One 2500 word major project, end of semester (20%)
  • 3 hour examination, end of semester (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Williamson, Enemark, Wallace & Rajabifard, 2010 Land Administration for Sustainable Development

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmenta responsibilities and the need to emply 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) major
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.
Related Breadth Track(s): Understanding Location

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