Course Title: Apply surveying for civil engineering projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BUIL6242

Course Title: Apply surveying for civil engineering projects

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Muhammad Ozair Mian
Ph: + 61 3 9925 8312

Dr. Amita Iyer
Program Manager
Ph: +61 3 9925 8311


Nominal Hours: 40

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 sets out the knowledge and skills required to design and establish survey control for engineering and construction purposes. This includes the measurement and calculation of survey data, drawing of sketch plans, collection and processing of topographical data for detail mapping and related computational skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21129 Apply surveying for civil engineering projects


1. Identify survey to be undertaken

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation ofthe work area.
1.3 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The survey and analysis task is identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Plan survey

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Documentation relating to existing survey features is collected and analysed.
2.3 Surveying equipment is checked for calibration and conforming to Australian Standard
2.4 Reconnaissance of construction / engineering sites is performed to local standards or regulations in accordance with enterprise procedures.
2.5 Survey risk management procedures are established and discussed with appropriate personnel.


3. Conduct survey and analyse results

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Survey control is conducted to job requirements in accordance with enterprise procedures.
3.3 Survey equipment is operated/used according to manufacturers’ manuals and enterprise procedures.
3.4 Results are recorded, analysed and computations are applied according to enterprise procedures.
3.5 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
3.6 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.


4. Document, and report results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
4.2 Equipment and tools used in survey are maintained and stored in accordance with enterprise procedures.
4.3 Results are recorded, analysed and reported to appropriate personnel according to enterprise procedures.
4.4 Results are stored and archived according to enterprise procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practicals
• Review questions
• Case projects
• Lab journal

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates eveloped by Engineers Australia as detailed below:
EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base
EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability
EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes
EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency VU21129 in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week                          Topics Delivered                                                                                                                                                                                  Elements/Performance Criteria

Introduction to the Unit

- Introduction to Surveying principles, Personnel and equipment used

- Units of measurements

- Chain surveying and linear measurements, different types of surveys

- Angles, bearings and distances

 - Distance measurement sources and errors
 - Identify the sources of distance measurement
 - Explanation of types of error in distance measurement

OHS issues in surveying

Examples of error correction on linear measurement 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Detail survey and plotting using the grid levelling method (Field work session)
• Set-up grid.
• Observe the levels.
• Determine the collimation error.
• Outline the adjustment procedure for level.
• Outline the sources of error in levelling.
• Reduce level using Rise and Fall method.
• Reduce level using HPC method.
• Perform the mathematical checks on levelling.
• Produce contour plan.
• Produce simple site plan
  Observe the short distance to industry standards.            
• Apply the corrections

- Vertical sections, longitudinal sections, cross sections and grades

- Tacheometry principles

- Equipment used


Measure the short distances and carry out two peg test

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

 Determine/Calculate the bearings for the sides in traverse
• Theodolite traversing

- Angles and bearings

- Horizontal and vertical angles
• Calculation of angular misclosure

- Setting out principles

- Equipment used

- Surveying of horizontal curves/curve ranging           

Activity: Calculate the bearing of the sides of traverse

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Volume and Area calculations

Examples on area and volume calculations.       

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
 9 -10

 Chain Surveying/Linear measurement Practical Sessions

Producing plans

Calculate, perform and plot simple detail survey
• Surveying of linear distances
• Use of tape
• Distance and offset measurement
• Produce site plan

Activity: Survey of horizontal/linear distances

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Levelling Practical Sessions

Producing site plans

Produce contours                                    

Activity: Perform levelling practical and calculate reduced levels


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
 13 -14

 Traverse surveying Practical Sessions

- Setting up of Theodolite

- Measure the angles using repetition method

- Measure the vertical angles

Activity: Produce site plans              

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 
 15 - 16

Setting out of simple site plans - Horizontal Curves Practical Session

- Using Theodolite and Tape

- Surveying and plotting of Horizontal curve

- Set out distances and offsets

Activity: Set out site plan   

Assessment 1:  (Reports on Practicals Due: 50%)

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4
 17 - 18         

Final Exam:        Week 17-18

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"Mathematics for Technicians" 5th Edition by Alldis and Pantlin
Chapter 1, “Fractions and decimals”
Chapter 3, "Measurement and mensuration"
Chapter 4, "Introduction to Algebra"
Chapter 6, “Introduction to geometry”
Chapter 10, "Introduction to trigonometry"
Chapter 13, “Functions and their graphs”



Other Resources

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

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. 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. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Quiz
Weighting towards final grade (%): 10%

Assessment 2: Practical Reports
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment 3: Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs): 

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered Quiz Practical  Reports Final Test
1.1  X x x
1.2  X x x
1.3  X x x
1.4  X x x
1.5  X x x
1.6  X x x
2.1  X x x
2.2  X x x
2.3  X x x
2.4  X x x
2.5  X x x
2.6  X x x
3.1  X x x
3.2  X x x
3.3  X x x
3.4  X x x
3.5  X x x
3.6  X x x
4.1   x x
4.2   x x
4.3   x x
4.4   x x









Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Practical Reports, (due Week 16)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

Assessment 2: Final Test, (due Week 17-18)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50%

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs VU21129 Elements & Performance Criteria

   VU21129 Elements & Performance Criteria    
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 .2.2 2.3 2.4 .2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4
Practical Reports x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
Final Test x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

  Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies               
EA1.1 EA1.2




EA1.4  EA1.5  EA1.6 EA2.1  EA2.2 EA2.3 EA 2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Practical Reports  X  X    X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Final Test  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X    X  X    X  X  

All Assessment


2  2  1  2  2 2  2 2  2  1  2  2  1  2  2  1

0 (Blank) 

Graduate attribute is not assessed   

1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element               
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element               
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element               

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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- English language development
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