Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: MATH5320C

Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

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

William Ntuwah
+61 3 99254445

Nominal Hours: 80

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to solve a range of surveying and basic engineering-related problems. It requires the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate data to perform surveying computations. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5023A Manage advanced surveying computations


1 Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Task objectives are defined.
1.2 Pertinent standards are identified, considered and
adhered to according to project specifications.
1.3 Principal work activities and constraints in relation
to advanced traverse computations are defined and
documented according to client requirements.
1.4 Information on identified risks, contingencies, risk
management processes and required resources are
included in task objectives.
1.5 Requirements of the job and the computations are
clarified with relevant personnel according to
organisational guidelines.
1.6 Work is allocated to appropriate personnel and
supervisory processes, checks and measures are
implemented to ensure work is completed within
time available.
1.7 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.
1.8 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in surveying computations.


2 Arrange for the task to be executed.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Arrangements are made for computations to be
performed on angles and bearings.
2.2 Requirements for conversions between polar and
rectangular modes are communicated to relevant
personnel and performed.
2.3 Computations performed on the coordinates of a
simple closed traverse, and the missing elements
and adjusted coordinates of a traverse, are
2.4 Arrangements are made for traverse information to
be reduced from field notes.
2.5 Traverse misclose computations adjustment process
is supervised.
2.6 Computation problems involving linear figures of
constant width are communicated to relevant
personnel and solved.
2.7 Organisational documented and undocumented
practices are communicated to relevant personnel
and adhered to.


3 Arrange for the computation of surveying problems involving circular curves.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Computations are performed on all elements of
circular curves.
3.2 Problems involving circular curve missing elements
are communicated to relevant personnel and solved.


4 Supervise the completion of the task.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 All required documentation is communicated to relevant personnel and completed promptly,
accurately and according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Spatial data is archived according to project specifications.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.


Week No

Topic Delivered


 Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations

  • Familialisation with a calculator - Covering Element 1 
  • Solve Trig function problems-  Covering Element 1

Literacy & Numeracy Test

  • Competency in numeracy and literacy -Covering Element 1

Chaining (Measurement with a steel band)

  • Errors in chaining -Covering Element 1
  • Reduce distances  (SDN 1308) -Covering Element 1
  •  Compute angles from reduced distances (SDN 1308) - Covering Element 2
  • Compute bearings and coordinates (SDN 1308) - Covering Element 2





Differential Levelling

  • Use Rise and Fall & HPC methods
  •  Compute RLs
  •  Compute Misclose


  • Survey coordination regulations - Covering element 1 & 2
  • Traversing between fixed points - Covering Element 2
  • Compute closure -Covering Element 2




  • Coordinate syatems - Covering Element 2
  • Computation of coordinates -Covering Element 2




  • Bearing and Distance from coordinates
 Assignment 1

Traversing - Closures (SDN 1299)

    Linear accuracy  -  Covering Element 2
     Distribution of Errors (Bowditch    Adjustment) - Covering Element 2



  • Compute missing distance and bearing -Covering Element 2


  • Compute area from coordinates - Covering Element 2

 Area Computation

Compute area from Coordinates -Covering Element 2


 Horizontal Circular curves

  •  Elements of
    circular curves   -Covering Element 3 & 4

 Horizontal Circular Curves

-Setting out circular curves - Covering Element 3 & 4

-Solve missing elements of the curve - Covering Element 3 & 4

 Assignment 2

 Horizontal Circular Curves

Elements of  the curve  -Covering Element 3 & 4

  • Setting out -Covering Element 3 & 4

 Horizontal Circular Curves

 Setting out -Covering Element 3 & 4

16  Revision  
18  Supplementary TEST  

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

Refer to:

Engineering Surveying [electronic resource] Schofield, W.: 6th ed.: Burlington : Elsevier, 2007.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
3 print copies at 526.9 S367 Carlton Library

New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice [electronic resource] Main Author: Cartlidge, Duncan
2nd ed. Burlington : Elsevier, 2006.
Online access: Available on EBL : Ebook Library
1 print copy at 692.5 C327 Carlton Library

Print books:

Advanced engineering surveying: problems and solutions / Shepherd, F. A.: London : Edward Arnold, 1981.
Swanston Library 526.902462 S548 3 copies
(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1981) and it seems to be out of print)

Elementary surveying: Elfick, Michael. and Brinker, Russell: 9th ed.: London: HarperCollins, 1994.
1 copy at 526.9 E38 Carlton & Swanston Library,2&Search%5FArg=elementary%20surveying%20brinker&Search%5FCode=GKEY%5E&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=1

(The above title was cited in the previous implementation plan for Cert III in Spatial Information Services in 2004. However this is a fairly old title (1994) and there isn’t an updated edition of it.)

Elementary surveying : an introduction to geomatics / Wolf, Paul R.: 11th ed.: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 2006
526.9 W855

Elementary surveying: an introduction to geomatics, Ghilani, Charles D, 12th ed., Upper Saddle River Prentice Hall Ptr, 2008
1 Copy Ordered 25-07-2008 for Carlton
Swanston Library at 526.9 W855

Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources /: 2nd ed.: Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
2 copies Carlton Library at 631.4794 G946, 1 at Swanston.

Principles of geospatial surveying / Allan, A. L.: Caithness, Whittles Pub. ; Boca Raton, FL : Distributed in North America by CRC Press, c2007.
1 copy Carlton and Swanston Libraryat 526.9 A417

Surveying : principles and applications / Kavanagh, Barry F.: 8th ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2009.
2 copies on order, previous 7th edition held at 526.9 K21 (1 copy Carlton and Swanston)

Surveying and engineering: principles and practice, Paul Watson et al, Oxford, Blackwell, 2008
1 copy at Swanston 690 S963

Surveying for engineers.: UREN, J: 4TH ED.: BASINGSTOKE PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2006:
Location: Bundoora Library
Order Information: 2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008
Already ordered for Carlton Library.

Surveying with construction applications
Carlton Library 1 Copy Ordered 13-06-2008
Swanston Library at 526.9 K21

Surveying for construction ,Irvine William, Maidenhead, McGraw Hill , 2006
2 Copies Ordered 25-07-2008,1&Search%5FArg=surveying%20for%20construction&Search%5FCode=TALL&SL=None&CNT=25&SID=3
(This was in the previous implementation plan)

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying known solutions to a range of problems
• performing calculations following a logical progression and presenting clearly visible results
• assessing and recording computations from varied sources
• demonstrating operational knowledge in a broad range of areas relating to surveying computations
• applying mathematical principles and skills to a range of advanced surveying-related problems
• understanding mathematical concepts and techniques
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a substantial range of options is required
• understanding the purpose of numerically solving advanced surveying problems
• understanding the requirement for accuracy in surveying calculations
• defining terms used in calculations
• taking responsibility for team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives.
Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project.

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

1. Assessment 1 - Weight 25% -Due  on week  9
2. Assessment 2 - Weight 25% - Due on Week  15
3. Assessment 3- Test -Weight 50% on week 17

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

Assessment Matrix



Element 1 Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations. Assignment 1
Element 2 Arrange for the task to be executed Assignment 1
Element 3 Arrange for the computation of surveying problems involving circular curves. Assignment 2
Element 4 Supervise the completion of the task. Test 2


Note: Assignment due dates will be issued on commencement of the course

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