Course Title: Surveying Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Surveying Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Safoora Zaminpardaz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2307

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 012.12.031

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of survey measurement, relevant to land surveying and civil engineering, and to instruments which are used to measure linear dimensions and angles in the field. You will take part in group practical exercises to provide experience with both relevant instrumentation and field survey measurement techniques reinforcing the theory. You will study the sources and effect of errors in survey measurement, and conduct computations associated with survey measurement. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

 BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

  • PLO1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering.
  • PLO2. Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.   
  • PLO5. Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
  • PLO6. Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct. 
  • PLO7. Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to First Nations peoples and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.

BH116 Bachelor of Surveying (Honours):

  • PLO1. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of theories, principles, concepts, technologies and practices that underpin the significance of surveying in society.
  • PLO2. Critically analyse and evaluate information, standards, methods, tools, and practices in the role of a Surveyor.
  • PLO4 Critically analyse and synthesize principles of scientific inquiry using surveying methods linked to theory in order to verify their accuracy and recognise  the importance of replication and generalisation. 
  • PLO6. Work independently, with agility, safety, and accountability for own learning and professional future.  
  • PLO7.  Make use of professional practices to achieve learning excellence within multi-disciplinary teams and in adherence with the regulatory frameworks of a Surveyor and First Nations knowledge and input.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Discuss and identify the key concepts of plane surveying
  2. Describe and discuss the concept of precision, accuracy and errors, and prepare appropriate plans and diagrams for various surveying and engineering applications
  3. Confidently perform surveys  using contemporary surveying equipment, applying appropriate techniques and corrections
  4. Collaborate and complete tasks efficiently in a team/group.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Applied Knowledge Quizzes (6)
Weighting 40% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Field Practical Portfolio (2)
Weighting 40% 
This assessment task support CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Computation Report (1)
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.