Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MATH5320C

Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5237 - Diploma of Spatial Information Services

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

James Cantwell

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 supervised.
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

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in surveying theory and tasks associated with the elements 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

Session         Topic
1                      Introduction and Diagonistic Test
2                      Number and Arithmetic Processes,  Review of Basic Algebraic Processes
3                      Review of Basic Algebraic Processes, Review of Basic Algebraic Processes
4                      Review of Basic Algebraic Processes , Mensuration in 2-D
5                      Mensuration in 2-D
6                      Cartesian Coordinate System, More Algebraic Procedures
7                      Analytic Geometry - (Assignment No1 due 24/3), Revision Program
8                      Test No. 1 , Matrices
9                      Matrices , Matrices
10                    Matrices , Matrices
11                    Vectors , Vectors
12                    Vectors , Vectors
13                    Vectors , Statistics
14                    Statistics , Statistics
15                    Statistics . Statistics
16                    Statistics . Statistics
17                     Assignment No.2 - due 15/6
18                     Revision Program, Test No2

Note: i) Assignment Package- 2 assignments @ 10% each
                                                        2 Tests @ 40% each
             Hence Total assignment value is 100%

        ii) Satisfactory completion -   to obtain this outcome you are required to obtain a total of at least 60% from the assignment package.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mathematics for Technicians by Blair & Alldis
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.


Other Resources

Web Resources: - 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

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed on its own or in combination with other units relevant to the job function, for example unit CPPSIS5024A Perform geodetic surveying computations.

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.

Assessment will require demonstration of:

• Consistence performance of each element of the unit across a representative range of applications, autonomously and to requirements
• Performance criteria for each element of competence
• Underpinning knowledge and skills specified.

Context of Assessment:

This unit is to be assessed in a simulated workplace and under the normal range of work conditions.

Assessment Matrix

Element: 1 Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations        -                                        Test 1, 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.                                                                             Assignment 2, Test 2

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