Course Title: Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics A

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 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Nyblom

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2189

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.9.31

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before enrolling in MATH2163 a student must successfully complete VCE Mathematical Methods at Year 12 levelor its equivalent.

Course Description

This course aims to foster your technical competence by introducing you to the fundamental mathematical procedures (e.g. differentiation) and mathematical objects (e.g. vectors and matrices) required by surveyors and geomaticians. The course builds on the foundations laid in secondary school mathematics and in turn lays the foundation for more advanced studies in subsequent mathematics, surveying and geomatics courses.  Fortnightly practice classes aim to develop your capability to solve problems and to apply mathematical ideas and techniques. You will generally work collaboratively in these classes, discussing problems amongst yourselves and with class tutors in attendance

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) and BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial) (Honours):

  • Knowledge and technical competence ,
  1. the ability to use the appropriate and relevant, fundamental and applied mathematical  knowledge, methodologies and modern computational tools.


  •  Problem-solving
  1.  the ability to bring together and flexibly apply knowledge to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems
  2.  an understanding of the balance between the complexity / accuracy of the mathematical models used and the timeliness of the delivery of the solution.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1.  Apply core mathematical skills, such as arithmetical and algebraic manipulation skills and elementary geometry and trigonometry, to a range of problems

2.  Formulate and solve problems involving change and approximation using  techniques of differential calculus

3. Identify the elementary properties of vectors, lines and planes and apply the techniques of vector analysis to problems involving three-dimensional geometry

4. Employ properties of common mathematical functions (polynomials, exponentials and hyperbolic functions, logarithms, inverse trigonometric and inverse hyperbolic functions) and their combinations commonly found in surveying and geomatics applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated (with many examples)  in lectures and in online notes. Supervised problem-based practice classes will build your capacity to solve problems, encourage you  to think critically and analytically and provide feedback on your academic progress. Five Closed Book Tests will consolidate your basic skills, e.g. in algebra and trigonometry, and identify an rectify gaps in your basic knowledge of the topics presented in class. Homework problems set from the Supplementary Exercises found on Blackboard and self-help tutorial questions will provide a focus for your private study.

Overview of Learning Resources


Students will also be able to access the following online learning resources :

Weekly Lecture Notes

Full solutions to Practice Classes/ Closed Book Tests.

Past exam papers.

These learning resources can be accessed from MATH2163   Blackboard  via The Learning Hub  at

A library guide is available at

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Closed Book Test 1
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO (1)

Assessment Task 2: Closed Book Test 2
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs (1) & (3)

Assessment Task 3: Closed book Test 3
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO (1) & (4)

Assessment 4: Closed Book Test 4
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs (1) & (4)

Assessment 5: Closed Book Test 5
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs (1) & (2)

Assessment Task 6: Final Exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs (1) & (2) &,(3) & (4)