Course Title: Perform geodetic surveying computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

Thierry Demathieu
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445

Nominal Hours: 60

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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

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 the Surveying area.

Teaching Schedule

Week No

Topic Delivered

1Introduction to Map projection 
2Prepare to perform geodetic surveying - Transformation of Coordinates 
3Prepare to perform geodetic surveying - Survey Marks Enquiry Service (SMES) 
4Prepare to perform geodetic surveying - Order and Accuracy 
5Perform computations on the reference surface - Polar and Rectangular coordinates 
6Perform computations on the reference surface - Traverse computation 
7Perform computations on the reference surface - Traverse computation 
8Perform computations on the reference surface - Missing bearing and distance Assignment 1
9Perform computations on the reference surface - Two missing bearings 
10Perform computations on the reference surface - Two missing distances 
11Perform computations on the projection plane - Point, Line and Height scale factor 
12Perform computations on the projection plane - Transformation of Coordinates 
13Perform computations on the projection plane - Survey of existing building 
14Perform computations on the projection plane - Survey of existing building Assignment 2
15Finalise the task - Survey of existing building 
18Supplementary TEST 

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

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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

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Assignment 1                Weight  25%  due  Week 8 
2. Assignment 2                Weight  25%  due Week 14
3. Open book Test            Weight 50%  on Week 17

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

Assignment One       Element 1, 2 and 3        25%
Assignment Two       Element 1, 2, 3 and 4    25%
Test                           Element 1, 2, 3 and 4    50%

Other Information

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Late submission:

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no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

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Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
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Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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