Course Title: Conduct field surveying operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GEOM5146C

Course Title: Conduct field surveying operations

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4388 - Certificate IV in Surveying

Course Contact: Thierry Demathieu

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8359

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Toby Manning

Senior Educator   Surveying Department School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Science (SVEHS)
RMIT University
Building 51, Level 6, Room 10E
115 Queensberry St
Carlton 3053, Australia
Tel. +61 3 9925 4934

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to plan and conduct field surveying operations, which may include working in isolated or remote areas. The unit covers planning and preparing operations to ensure adequate equipment and supplies and to meet work health and safety requirements. The unit also requires completing documentation and cleaning, checking, maintaining and storing equipment after the field operation is completed. The unit requires knowledge of emergency procedures.

The unit supports those who work in support positions in a surveying team.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS4032 Conduct field surveying operations


1. Plan field surveying operation.

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Field surveying objectives, principal work activities and site location are identified in consultation with appropriate persons .
1.2.Logistical considerations are planned according to location, duration and size of field trip, and resupply requirements.
1.3.Maps, photographs and other available data are used in planning activities.
1.4.Equipment and supplies are selected and prepared according to field surveying objectives, and health and safety requirements.


2. Carry out field surveying activities.

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Vehicles are prepared and equipment and supplies loaded and secured according to organisational requirements.
2.2.Surveying field site is located, prepared and maintained according to organisational requirements.
2.3.Surveying activities are conducted according to operation objectives and timeframes, and health and safety requirements.
2.4.Contingency procedures are implemented in the event of emergencies and unforeseen hazards according to organisational requirements.
2.5.Environmental impact from field activities is minimised and waste disposed of according to organisational requirements.


3. Finalise field surveying operation.

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Equipment is unloaded, cleaned and stored according to organisational requirements.
3.2.Equipment is checked and necessary repairs organised and reported according to organisational requirements.
3.3.Required documentation is completed according to organisational requirements.

Learning Outcomes

See elements above

Details of Learning Activities

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of surveying procedures. Students will receive a booklet detailing the step-by-step process of each activity. This course is broken up onto 4 intensive sessions, with an assessment outcome at the end of each session. 

Teaching Schedule

Session 1       Levelling                               

Session 2       Chaining                              

Session 3       Trig Heighting                        

Session 4       Traversing                            

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competency


Task 1

Assessment 1

Task 2

Assessment 2

Assessment Tasks


Name of Assessment Task

Method of Assessment


Undertake a levelling exercise in the field

Practical Field Work & Computations



Perform a chain Survey.

Practical Field Work & Computations


Assessment Matrix


Name of Assessment Task

Method of Assessment


Performance Criteria


Undertake a levelling exercise in the field

Practical Field Work & Computations


E1 PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

E2 PC 2.1,2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

E3 PC 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


Perform a chain Survey.

Practical Field Work & Computations


E1 PC 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 1.4

E2 PC 2.1,2.2,2.3, 2.4, 2.5

E3 PC 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Other Information

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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• English language development

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Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

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Late Submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
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If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

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