Course Title: Apply survey computation methods

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: CIVE5668

Course Title: Apply survey computation methods

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager: John Kite Telephone: + (61 3) 9925 4338 Email:
Teacher: Mr. Muhamad Mian Phone: + (61 3) 9925 8312 Email:
Teacher: Mihir Soneji Phone: + (61 3) 9925 2015 Email:

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDC130B Apply Basic Survey Methods to Engineering Applications
EDC140B Apply Advanced Survey Methods to Engineering Applications

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to reduce measurements, perform error analysis and compute values required for civil/structural engineering projects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC150B Apply survey computation methods


1. Prepare to carry out survey computations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant survey data is collected in the field or obtained from survey personnel and organised and analysed in preparation for processing.


2. Carry out survey computations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Field readings (linear, angular and height) are reduced accurately to values required for further processing.
2.2 Differential levelling readings are reduced accurately.
2.3 Closed traverses are computed for linear misclosure, area and coordinates, and field values adjusted using Bowditch’s rule.
2.4 The missing line is calculated accurately from coordinates of end points, and in a traverse.
2.5 Heights are calculated accurately using trig observations.
2.6 Areas of triangles and irregular shapes are calculated accurately.
2.7 Volumes between contours and end faces of earthwork
cuttings/embankments are calculated accurately


3. Present results of survey computations

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Results are tabulated in a suitable format for further end users.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Activity 1: Examples on reduced field reading-linear

Activity 2: Examples on reduced field reading-angular

Activity 3: Examples on reduced field reading-height

Activity 4: Examples on reduced field reading-height

Activity 5: test 1

Activity 6: Examples on traverse reduction

Activity 7: Examples on computation for linear misclosure

Activity 8: Examples on area calculation

Activity 9: Examples on volume calculations

Teaching Schedule

Week Topic
Week 1Carry out survey Computations- Reduce field reading-linear
Week 2Carry out survey Computations-Reduce field reading-angular
Week 3Carry out survey Computations-Reduce field reading- height
Week 4Carry out survey Computations-Reduce field reading- height
Week 5Carry out survey Computations-Closed traverse reduction
Week 6Carry out survey Computations- computation for linear misclosure of closed traverse
Week 7Carry out survey Computations-area calculation
Week 8Carry out survey Computations-volume calculation
Week 9Test 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

William Irvine, 1995, Surveying for Construction, 4th edition, MC Graw-Hill, England


Other Resources

1. Work notes.
2. Calculator, ruler and pencil.
3. Prescribed text books
4. Access to blackboard notes.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Test 1: 50%
Test 2: 50%

Assessment Matrix

Assessment TasksPerformance criteria/ElementsTotal weighting
Test 11.1,2.1,2.2,2.5,3.150%
Test 21.1,2.3,2.4,2.6,2.7,3.150%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of 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.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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