Course Title: Undertake a civil site survey

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GEOM5095C

Course Title: Undertake a civil site survey

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Thierry Demathieu
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit may apply to switching, transmission and radio (both fixed and mobile) network and the various transmission paths i.e. cable, optic fibre, radio, microwave and satellite. The need for, and extent of, site surveys is determined during the development of project briefs - refer unit ICTTC031C Equivalent Units Nil

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC032C Undertake a civil site survey


1. Prepare for survey

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Detailed requirements are discussed with planning staff
1.2 Need for specialist studies are determined and organised to co-ordinate with on site visit as required
1.3 Need for on site discussions with site owner, local staff, community or government representatives is determined and appointments made
1.4 Site access arrangements are determined and appropriate approvals organised if necessary


2. Undertake survey of land, buildings and facilities both new and existing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Existing buildings are surveyed as to capability of meeting planned changes
2.2 Access, security, environmental conditions and power and earthing arrangements and network connections are assessed as to capability of meeting planned growth
2.3 Assessments are made as to altered building infrastructure requirements in the event that the building is unsuitable
2.4 Building options are assessed and documented should a new structure be necessary
2.5 Availability and ownership of land is determined
2.6 Availability of commercial power is assessed
2.7 Title searches are organised as required
2.8 Special geological/land surveys and/or archaeological studies are organised
2.9 Soil sample studies are organised and the results analysed
2.10 Geographical nature of land is assessed and barriers to signalling determined
2.11 Work is conducted in a manner which is safe to self, fellow workers and the public at large


3. Undertake survey of environmental conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Existence of regulatory/statutory requirements is ascertained
3.2 Customer/community attitude to development is surveyed
3.3 Environmental impact of development is ascertained
3.4 Prevailing weather conditions and impact on planned changes is studied


4. Document and report survey findings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Detailed report outlining all findings is prepared
4.2 Various options to meet planned changes along with appropriate cost/benefit data are developed

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities


Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits and interaction with
individuals and groups within the Surveying and Spatial area. 

Teaching Schedule


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold.

References - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

To achieve competency in this unit candidates should produce evidence of the following :.
• Mentor/assessor observes candidate:
• interacting with enterprise personnel, customers and other contractors
• reading, interpreting and using equipment/system manuals and specifications and relevant enterprise policy and documentation
• negotiating with customers, communities and community representatives including government officials
• applying all legislative impacts on the network including relevant operational codes
• complying with all related occupational health and safety requirements and work practices
• considering both environmental and propagation needs
• Candidate delivers at least one oral report:
• identifying key stakeholders.
• considering both existing and proposed technologies and associated building, power needs
• complying with all related occupational health and safety requirements and work practices
• Mentor/assessor observes candidate’s ability to consider both existing and proposed needs and comply with all related work practices.
• Candidate submits a clear oral, and then a hard copy report, outlining all options and including recommendations with supporting reasons.
Candidates may be required to undertake further assessment which will be outlined in the Part B course guide.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:
1. Test                     Weight 25%  - Week 9
2. Test                     Weight 25%  - Week 17
3. Portfolio              Weight 50%  - Week 18

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CAG 50 – 59% Competence Achieved -Graded
CC  60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task              Element                     Percentage loading

Practical Test 1               Element 1, 2, 3 and 4    25%
Practical Test  2              Element1, 2, 3 and 4     25%
Practical Assessment   Element 1, 2, 3 and 4     50%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Other Information:

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