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SVY4309 Practice Management for Spatial Scientists

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Shane Simmons


It is important for surveying, spatial science and planning graduates to realise that they are part of professions that have responsibilities to their clients, the community, and their peers. This course is designed to provide the necessary fundamental knowledge for students to understand their professional responsibilities as a member of a multi-disciplinary team or as a consultant. These concepts include financial management, project management, firm management, and systems management, as well as professional bodies and ethics. This course draws together many areas of surveying, spatial science and planning in order to simulate the operations of large projects within a business environment. A number of case studies are discussed in terms of both project planning and the technical operations of the projects. Practical advice is provided on the primary management functions of planning, leading, organising, and controlling operations on large projects and in a business. This course will also provide graduates with the knowledge necessary to recognise 'hidden' costs on projects, and to plan for a profitable and well-balanced business. It will also provide the ability to recognise possible difficulties that might arise, to analyse the relevant issues, and to take appropriate action where necessary.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define the purpose, powers and function of various professional bodies and discuss the professional ethics required for registration and membership of relevant professional bodies in the spatial sciences and the requirements to act as an expert witness in a court of law;
  2. Explain the liability of professionals with respect to their professional responsibilities and duties including risk management, workplace health and safety, quality control and assurance;
  3. Prepare time and cost estimates for project management including project planning, resource smoothing and earned value analysis;
  4. Apply human resource principles, financial reporting and accounting practices for the operational management of a business;
  5. Develop a business plan to establish a business including the evaluation and requirements for the business.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Professional bodies, ethics and law 8.00
2. Financial management including cost management and accounting concepts 25.00
3. Project management and control 30.00
4. Business management including business establishment, planning, development and human resource requirements 25.00
5. Systems management for quality, risk and loss prevention 12.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 25 3,4,5
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 25 2,3,4
Assignments Written Case Study No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023