Course Title: Surveying 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Surveying 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Kefei Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3272

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study: Surveying 3

Course Description

This course provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced surveying techniques such as using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), terrestrial based equipment, equipment calibration and basic geodetic computations for high precision surveying.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in GEOM 2091 Surveying 3 with regards to using terrestrial measurements and appropriate formulae to perform geodetic computations. The course has a particular focus on the knowledge and skills required to effectively use advanced surveying equipment in high precision surveying.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)


The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Describe the concept and principles of positioning using advanced GNSS technologies, in particular the theory and practicals related to high accuracy and real-time positioning applications
2. Conduct high precision surveys using advanced surveying equipment and apply the appropriate field methodology, equipment and processing techniques for specific survey requirements
3. Use a range of techniques for managing survey errors and biases including results verification and quality control
4. Select and use  appropriate formulae to perform geodetic computations, assess the quality of positioning results and apply appropriate adjustment techniques to acquire the best solutions
5. Explain the relationships between global and local reference frames used in fixing terrestrial position

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)

2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.

2.2 Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions.

2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.

3.1 Design and implement creative solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development

3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.

3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.

4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience.

6.3 Professionally manage and use information.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is presented as a series of lectures, lab sessions/tutorials and practical work. The tutorials and practical work are designed to apply the knowledge gained in lectures to assist in developing a deeper understanding of that material and also to develop practical skills. You will also complete assignments which will further your knowledge and skills relating to lecture topics.

You will be also required to undertake problem-based field projects. These projects will enhance your advanced surveying skills and knowledge.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of lecture materials, online websites and databases, reference papers and additional supplementary learning materials. Students will have access to surveying equipment and GNSS receivers for practical work along with specialist computer laboratories and software packages available within the School.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

This course is assessed by a combination of assignments, practical exercises, lab sessions, student-based learning projects, class tests and a final exam.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:
Student-based Field Projects (Practical Exercises) and Computer Laboratory Tasks: 50%
This assessment task support CLOs 1,2,3,4,5

Assessment 2:
Research Essay: 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5

Assessment 3:
Final Exam and Class Tests: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,4,5