Course Title: Cadastral Surveying 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cadastral Surveying 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


171H School of Science


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


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr Lucas Holden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1956

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.18

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite:

GEOM2101 Cadastral Surveying 1

Course Description

This course extends your cadastral knowledge and skills gained in GEOM 2101 Cadastral Surveying 1. It encompasses the requisite aspects of cadastral surveying to qualify a graduate to enter this specialised field. A major component of the course is a practical project involving an urban Crown Boundaries Title Reestablishment. Here the theory of crown allotment boundary re-definition is applied to a major urban crown allotment re-establishment survey. The course also comprises other assignments.

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 on, after graduation, to become Licensed Surveyors and thus qualified to perform and certify cadastral surveys.
Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Undertake the fieldwork, plan production and report writing associated with an amendment of title application.
2. Explain and apply the legislative and policy aspects of title reestablishment and complete all field and office aspects of a title re-establishment.
3. Describe the subdivision process and the aspects of relevance to a consulting cadastral surveyor.
4. Identify the range of options for creating, varying and removing easements and covenants, and for opening and closing roads.
5. Discuss the cadastral surveyor’s role in the land acquisition process and in land administration.
6. Comprehend the more complex interactions within the cadastre.

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

• 1.2 Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the spatial models and mathematical methods used in contemporary practice
• 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in lectorials and tutorials together with a field project. The field project has been designed to allow you to apply the knowledge you have gained in lectorials and provide you with practical experience in current cadastral surveying practice, including the use of specialised surveying equipment. You will also complete assignments which apply concepts and principles covered in lectorials.

All lectorials and tutorial material and assessment tasks, as well as audio recordings, will be on Canvas.

Assessment tasks are also designed to foster employability skills (eg. communication skills, project management skills, ability to work in groups).

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Learning Resources

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:
• Survey Practice Handbook, Victoria, Parts 1, 2 and 3, Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria at or
• Relevant Legislation at These include the Transfer of Land Act 1958, the Subdivision Act 1988.
• Relevant Guidance material at and 

Other recommended reading will be provided during the lectorials.
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment is based on both individual and group performance. In this course you will be assessed by a combination of assignments and practical exercises.

Assessment Task 1: Formative Quizzes
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2 - 6

Assessment Task 2: Crown Boundaries Assignment
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Plan of Subdivision Assignment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 4: Assignment 2
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2 - 6