Course Title: Conduct an advanced GPS control survey

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GEOM5110C

Course Title: Conduct an advanced GPS control survey

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6098 - Advanced 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

Thierry Demathieu
03 9925 8359

Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct advanced global positioning system (GPS) control surveys. It requires the ability to demonstrate highly specialised technical skills. Functions will entail complying with, and developing or amending, organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS6012A Conduct an advanced GPS control survey


1. Prepare for the survey.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Key activities and timelines are scheduled with full consideration of the specifications and available resources.

1.2 Organisational GPS survey requirements are complied with and recorded.

1.3 Equipment is prepared for the survey with consideration of the specific project parameters and requirements.

1.4 Existing survey control data is obtained and validated.

1.5 Set out data is collated, validated, manipulated as required and uploaded into the GPS receiver.

1.6 Designated staff responsibilities are communicated to relevant personnel to ensure clarity of understanding of the work and to provide a basis for ongoing assessment.

1.7 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate changes in GPS equipment.


2. Conduct the survey.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 GPS equipment is programmed and operated according to manufacturer specifications and organisational guidelines.

2.2 GPS survey is related to a reference system based on survey requirements.

2.3 Problems relating to discrepancies in the reference system are resolved.

2.4 GPS data is collected using methodologies detailed in the data collection specifications according to specifications.

2.5 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.

2.6 Quality assurance processes are adhered to according to organisational guidelines.


3. Finalise the survey.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate software is used to process the data according to organisational guidelines to determine required information.

3.2 Validation checks are completed according to project specifications.

3.3 Any discrepancies between specifications and actual are identified and evaluated.

3.4 All required documentation is completed according to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you will learn about GPS and its use in Mapping and Surveying. You will learn about the various methods used to collect GPS data.

Teaching Schedule

1 Introduction 
2Mapping GPS 
3Mapping GPS processing 
4Mapping GPS processing 
5Mapping GPS processing 
6 Rapid Static GPS Assessment 1
7 Rapid Static GPS processing 
8 Rapid Static GPS processing 
9 Rapid Static GPS processing 
10 RTK GPS Assessment 2
11 RTK GPS processing 
12 RTK GPS processing 
13 RTK GPS processing 
15Validation of data  Assessment 3
16 Revision 
17 TestAssessment 4
18 Correction 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 = Report 20% due Week 6
Assessment 2 = Report 20% due Week 10
Assessment 3 = Report 20% due Week 15
Assessment 4 = Test 40% on Week 17

Assessment Matrix

ElementsReport 1Report 2Report 3Test
1. Prepare for the survey.XXXX
2. Conduct the survey.XXXX
3. Finalise the survey.XXXX

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