Course Title: Perform simple surveying and spatial computations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4417 Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services

Course Title: Perform simple surveying and spatial computations

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 100

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


530T Built Environment and Sustainability

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2022,
Term2 2022

Course Contact: Matthew Sweeney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4105

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform simple computations used in surveying and spatial information services. This includes computations and conversions based on algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Computations are done on simple regular geometric figures, traverses, angles, bearings, distances, plane coordinates, heights, perimeter and area.

This course is suitable for surveying or spatial information services assistants working under supervision to perform simple computations associated with field work and data collection. Individuals use cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a range of methods, tools, materials and information to complete routine activities and provide solutions to predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSSI3020 Perform simple surveying and spatial computations


1. Prepare for simple surveying computations

2. Calculate simple surveying data

3. Finalise work processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.