Course Title: Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B

Credit Points: 12.00

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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 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3225

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B015-03-014

Course Coordinator Availability: By arrangement

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have capabilities consistent with the successful completion of MATH2163 Mathematics for Surveying & Geomatics A or its equivalent.

Course Description

In this course you will extend your knowledge, skills and their application gained in MATH2163 Mathematics for Surveying & Geomatics A. You are introduced to an increased number of mathematical techniques required by surveyors and geomaticians. The aim is to foster your technical competence in these areas of mathematics. This course also lays the foundation for advanced studies in subsequent mathematics, surveying and geomatics courses. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes

  • theoretical knowledge: you will develop your knowledge of differential and integral calculus, elementary functions, vectors, matrices, series and differential equations.
  • technical ability: with its emphasis on problem solving, this course will prepare you to be able to analyse the physical world in a systematic manner.
  • critical analysis and problem solving: you will be afforded opportunities to mathematically formulate and solve problems creatively, especially those in which a description of the problem is given in words only.
  • communication: your capabilities will be improved through regular feedback on your written work. 

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Apply matrix algebra techniques to evaluate determinants and to solve systems of equations.
  2. Determine the anti-derivative of common functions using standard techniques.
  3. Calculate the partial derivatives of functions of several variables to determine their critical features.
  4. Use differential equations to model and solve a range of physical problems.
  5. Generate power series representations of common functions and determine their radius of convergence. 

Overview of Learning Activities

All learning activities are student-centred, designed to interest and motivate you to be actively involved in your study. The exercises are example-driven and application-based. More specifically your learning activities consist of: 

  • Reading the  lecture notes made available (on Canvas) prior to each class. 
  • Viewing the video on each recorded topic. 
  • Participating in lectorial classes where the subject matter of the printed notes and videos will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples. 
  • Participating in practice  classes  in which you work through examples set as class exercises. These exercisesare designed to build your capacity to solve problems, think critically and analytically, and obtain further practice in the application of theory and procedures. The classes are open-book and you are encouraged to work collaboratively with your peers and, if necessary, to seek help from the instructor before completing your individual solutions. 
  • Working on on-line quizzes to reinforce and develop your basic algebra skills and assist your comprehension of the presented material. 

Overview of Learning Resources

This course will be supported online through myRMIT which will give you access to important announcements, a discussion forum, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, online notes, assessment timelines, WebLearn tests and quizzes, and review exercises.  We encourage you to read your student e-mail and visit myRMIT frequently where important announcements regarding your course and course-related documents will be posted. 

A library subject guide is available at: 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: On-line quizzes 

Weighting 15% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 2: Written tests with online submission

Each test will be a 1-hour test held during class time.

Weighting 50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: Written assignments with online submission 

Weighting 35% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5