Course Title: Apply basic survey methods to engineering

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET6333

Course Title: Apply basic survey methods to engineering

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


Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to design, measure and calculate surveys for height control and to draw sketch plans for small sites.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC130B Apply basic survey methods to engineering


1. Apply knowledge of the fundamentals of surveying.


2. Use typical survey measurement systems.


3. Carry out a preliminary survey.


4. Carry out detail mesurement on a construction / engeering site.


5. Carry out third order levelling.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Activity 1: Calculations of angles and bearings

Activity 2: Carry out the linear surveying on given layout during the class.

Activity3: Calculations on angular misclosure

Activity4: Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work

Activity5: Calculations on coordinates system

Activity6: Calculations on Rise and Fall method.

Activity7: Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work

Activity8: Calculations on HPC method

Activity9: Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work


Teaching Schedule

WeeKTopicResources and ActivitiesElementPerformance criteriaAssessment task

Introduction to the Unit

Survey Terminology

Principles of angular, linear and areal measurement

Conversion of angle into bearings

Conversion of quadrant bearings to whole circle bearings

Whole circle bearings and quadrants bearings

Part B course guide – handout

Class notes

Activity 1:
Hand outs on calculations of angles and bearings

1,21.1 ,1.3,2.2,2.3 

Information on types of survey-
• Linear surveying

• Radiations

Activity 2:
Carry out the linear surveying on given layout during the class.

Information on types of survey-Coordinate system

• Calculation of angular misclosure in polygon
• Angles in polygon

Class notes

Activity3: Calculations on angular misclosure
4Determine relative position of features
• Detail survey using tape
Measurement of angles
• Use of compass
Accurately completion of field book
Accurate presentation of sketches of field notes
Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work
 3,4 3.1,3.2, 3.6,4.1,4.2,4.6 Group Assignment 1:
 5 Information on types of survey-
• Coordinate system
• Rise and Fall method

 Activity5: Calculations on coordinates system

Activity6: Calculations on Rise and Fall method




 Identification of survey features and location of survey control

Preparation of field sketch for terrain and cultural features

Determine relative position of features

Carry out reconnaissance surveys

Adjustment of reconnaissance survey

Scaled and oriented sketch of engineering site

Use of magnetic compass for magnetic bearings

Information on types of survey-Coordinate system

 Activity7: Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work
 2,3,4 2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3, 3.5,3.6,4.3,4.4,4.5 Group Assignment 2
 7 Use of standard levelling procedures
 Activity8: Calculations on HPC method 5 5.3 

 • Carry out Rise and Fall methods
• Carry out the HPC method
• IS and invert sights
Carry out the standard tests for levelling

 Practical task at Yarra Bend / Field work 5 5.1,5.2 Group Assignment 3
 9 Exam Theory knowledge and calculations will be assessed ( Week 1 to week 8) 1,2,5 1.1 , 1.2,1.3, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.5


Notes: • Teaching schedule is subject to change. Students will be notified on blackboard if changes are made.

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

Group Assignment 1: Taking measurements, calculations, drafting and writing a report (10%weighting).

Group Assignment 2: Carryout preliminary survey, reconnaissance survey, theory, drafting and writing a report. (20%weighting)

Group Assignment 3: Carryout levelling using Rise and fall and HPC methods (theory, drafting and report). (20%weighting)

Final Exam: Theory knowledge and calculations will be assessed (Week 1 to week 8) (50%weighting).

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task Performance criteria Weighting
Group Assignment 1 1.2,2.1,3.1,3.2, 3.6,4.1,4.2,4.6 10%
Group Assignment 2 1.2,2.1,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3, 3.5,3.6,4.3,4.4,4.5 20%
Group Assignment 3 2.2,2.3,5.1,5.2,5.3 20%
Final Exam 1.1,1.2,1.3,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.5, 5.2 50%

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