Course Title: Plane Surveying and Computations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Plane Surveying and Computations

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 2012,
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 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006

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 email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites:

You must have completed GEOM2088 Introduction to Surveying before you can enrol in this course.

Course Description

This course consists of three modules: Advanced survey computations, coordinate transformations and cadastral studies. You will reinforce the concepts taught in “Introduction to Surveying” and be introduced to more advanced survey field techniques and computations. You will be introduced to the nature of errors associated with surveying measurement and how these are propagated. The coordinate transformation component introduces you to coordinate transformations commonly used in surveying, photogrammetry and remote sensing. In Cadastral Studies you will learn about intricacies of the Victorian Cadastre which provides a fundamental layer of the State Land Information System (LIS), including its historical background. The two land tenure systems - General Law and Torrens - are studied with particular emphasis on the predominant Torrens system.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)) and BH117 (Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science):

1.1 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science.

1.2 Understand and interpret aspects of cadastral law as it relates to surveying.

1.3 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.

1.4 Understand and interpret aspects of the law as it relates to Surveying

2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems

2.2 Proficiently perform survey computations in two and three dimensions

2.3 Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information

3.1 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development

3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions

3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner

4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience

5.3 Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework and the general professional environment graduates will encounter, including a commitment to continuing professional development and life-long learning

6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities

6.3 Professionally manage and use information

 On completion of this course you will meet the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

  1. Perform computations to derive error estimates of a quantity derived or computed using survey observations.
  2. Conduct basic transformations between different coordinate systems for field survey data
  3. Describe cadastral systems in general, the intricacies of the Victorian Cadastre in particular and how it relates to survey practices in Victoria.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will actively engage you in a series of lectorials, practical exercises and workshop studios. Learning support materials and assignment submissions are managed via Canvas.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. The library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore additional learning resources include software tools used in contemporary surveying, a database of case studies of cadastral studies and a collection of literature available through the learning hub and related prescribed texts.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Your assessment involves tests, written assignments and practical exercise reports.

Assessment Task 1 – Field Practical Assessments
Weighting: 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2 – Assignments
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 3 – Formative Quizzes
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3

Assessment Task 4 – Class Practical Assessments
Weighting: 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2 & 3