Course Title: Perform geodetic surveying computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: MATH5321C

Course Title: Perform geodetic 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 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 60

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 perform basic relevant geodetic surveying calculations. It requires the ability to analyse data and plan approaches to technical problems. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5024A Perform geodetic surveying computations


1 Prepare to perform geodetic surveying.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Geodetic surveying task objectives are defined.
1.2 Pertinent standards are identified, considered and adhered to according to project specifications.
1.3 Special resource requirements are identified.
1.4 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.


2 Perform computations on the reference surface.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A relevant reference surface is selected for the required geodetic computations.
2.2 Data is reduced to the required reference surface.
2.3 Geodetic components for reference surface are identified and computed.
2.4 Checks are completed according to requirements and problems are solved.
2.5 Organisational documented and undocumented practices are adhered to.
2.6 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in operating environment and equipment.


3 Perform computations on the projection plane

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A relevant projection plane is selected for required geodetic computations.
3.2 Data is reduced to the required projection plane.
3.3 Geodetic components for projection plane are identified and computed.
3.4 Checks are completed according to established requirements.


4 Finalise the task.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 All required documentation is completed promptly, accurately and according to organisational
4.2 Relevant personnel are informed of the results according to organisational guidelines.
4.3 Spatial data is archived according to project specifications.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in surveying theory and tasks associated with the elements above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Develop data management strategies to determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial data sets to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises. Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

Week No

Topic Delivered

Assessment/ Task

1Introduction to Map projection 
2Transformation of Coordinates 
3Survey Marks Enquiry Service (SMES) 
4Order and Accuracy 
5Polar and Rectangular coordinates 
6Traverse computation Assignment 1
7Traverse computation 
8Missing bearing and distance 
9Two missing bearings 
10Two missing distances 
11Point, Line and Height scale factor Assignment 2
12Transformation of Coordinates 
13Survey of existing building 
14Survey of existing building Assignment 3
15Survey of existing building 
18Supplementary Exam 

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

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying checks wherever necessary
• applying formulae appropriately and obtaining correct results
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• assessing and recording computations from varied sources
• defining terms used in geodetic surveying calculations
• demonstrating a sound understanding of the requirement for accuracy in calculations
• understanding mathematical concepts and techniques
• performing calculations in a logical progression to solve geodetic surveying problems
• taking responsibility for own 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.

Assessment Matrix

ElementPortfolio of WorkWritten ExaminationProjectAssignment/Report
1 Prepare to perform geodetic
     x     x     x     x
2. Perform computations on the reference surface.     x     x     x     x
3 Perform computations on the projection plane.     x     x     x     x
4 Finalise the
    x     x     x     x

Element 1Prepare to perform geodetic surveyingAssignment 1
Element 2Perform computations on the reference surface.Assignment 1
Element 3 Perform computations on the projection plane.Assignment 2
Element 4Finalise the task.
Assignment 3

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