Course Title: Surveying Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Surveying Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2307

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.031

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of survey measurement and to instruments which are used to measure linear dimensions and angles in the field. You will take part in group practical exercises to provide experience with both relevant instrumentation and field survey measurement techniques reinforcing the theory. You will study the sources and effect of errors in survey measurement, and conduct computations associated with survey measurement. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
BH116 Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss and identify the key concepts of plane surveying
  2. Identify erroneous measurements and the sources of these errors
  3. Confidently perform a basic traverse and detail survey using contemporary surveying equipment, applying appropriate techniques and corrections
  4. Collaborate and complete tasks efficiently in a team/group.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts of plane surveying and their applications will be explained and discussed in lectures and tutorials. The field exercises will provide the forum to implement the surveying techniques discussed during the lectures in a supervised environment.

Overview of Learning Resources

As an RMIT student you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. Our library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Other learning resources include lectures, tutorials, access to prescribed texts and notes, printed class notes and electronic material.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Field Practical Assessments

Weighting 35% 
This assessment task support CLOs 3 and 4

Assessment Task 2: Formative Quizzes

Weighting 5% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Task 3: Assignments

Weighting 35% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Task 4: Class Practical Assessments

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3