Course Title: Cadastral Surveying Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cadastral Surveying Practice

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 2021,
Sem 1 2023


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Lucas Holden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn about the theory and process of Cadastral surveying. This will include the laws relating to the ownership of land, cadastral surveys for the re-establishment (definition) of property boundaries and preparing plans and reports and other cadastral documentation. 

Cadastral surveying is an important component of the land development / land subdivision process and is a major area of practice for the Consulting Surveyor. It is therefore a core topic area for those students intending to proceed, after graduation, to become Licensed Surveyors and thus qualified to perform and certify cadastral surveys. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours):

1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science
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
5.1 Appreciate the environmental, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in Surveying and the geospatial sciences
5.2 Demonstrate a clear understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements
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 should be able to: 

  1. Explain re-establishment principles and compute cadastral boundary re-establishments.
  2. Examine the history and evolution of Victoria’s Land Title System and the role of Land Use Victoria in the operation of the Torrens land title system in Victoria. 
  3. Justify the significance of the Surveying Act 2004 and the Surveying (Cadastral Surveys) Regulations to the regulation of the surveying profession 
  4. Complete cadastral survey worksheets and plans and reports which indicate title comparisons, the methodology of determining the cadastral datum and the adoptions of boundaries as well as the methodology used to independently check observations and computations.
  5. Explain the principles associated with amendment of title, adverse possession and bringing land into the Torrens land title system 
  6. Apply the fundamental field procedures (including independent checks) in conducting cadastral surveys utilising modern surveying technology.
  7. Prepare survey documentation using AutoCad software.
  8. Apply the regulatory requirements for preparing survey documentation (i.e. Surveyors Rep)

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in lectures and tutorials together with a series of field projects. The field projects have been designed to apply the knowledge you gained in lectures and provide you with experience in current cadastral surveying practice. You will also complete assignments which apply concepts and principles of topics covered in recorded lectures. 

All recorded lecture and tutorial material and assessment tasks, as well as audio recordings, will be on Canvas LMS. 
The assessment tasks are designed to foster employability skills (eg. communication skills, project management skills, ability to work in groups). 

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.

Learning resources provided by the School, Victorian legislation and key government websites will be used as required and appropriate. Furthermore we like you to note these recommended references: 

Other recommended reading will be provided during the lectures.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Formative Quiz 
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1-5 

Assessment Task 2: Project Submissions
Weighting  45%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 4, 6, 7 & 8 

Assessment Task 3: Project Submissions
Weighting  20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 7 & 8 

Assessment Task 4: Class Test
Weighting  25%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1-8

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.