Course Title: Conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GEOM5091C

Course Title: Conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5236 - Diploma of Surveying

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Thierry Demathieu
9925 8359

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct advanced global positioning system (GPS) surveys for both data collection and engineering set outs, as related to an engineering/construction environment. It requires the ability to interpret and analyse information and apply technical skills. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5017A Conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey


1 Prepare for the survey.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Key activities and timelines are scheduled with full
consideration of the specifications and available
1.2 Organisational GPS survey requirements are
identified, complied with and recorded.
1.3 Equipment is prepared for the survey with
consideration of the specific project parameters and

1.4 Existing survey control data is obtained and
1.5 Set out data is collated, validated, manipulated as
required, and uploaded into the GPS receiver.
1.6 Designated staff responsibilities are communicated to
relevant personnel to ensure clarity of understanding
of the work and provide a basis for ongoing
1.7 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in data.


2 Conduct the survey

Performance Criteria:

2.1 GPS equipment is operated according to
manufacturer specifications and organisational
2.2 GPS survey is related to a reference system based on
survey requirements.
2.3 GPS data is collected using methodologies detailed in
the data collection plan according to specifications.
2.4 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.
2.5 Quality assurance processes are adhered to
according to organisational guidelines.


3 Finalise the survey.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate software is used to process the data
according to organisational guidelines to determine
required information.
3.2 Validation checks are completed according to project
3.3 Any discrepancies between specifications and the
actual data collected are identified and evaluated.
3.4 All required documentation is completed according
to organisational guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led :

Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in the outcomes required to conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey and tasks associated with the elements above including the use of computers and relevant software/s, capabilities of survey methodologies and technologies in a simulated workplace environment.

Student managed:

Develop data management strategies to conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises.
Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule

Week Topic Assessment
19 GPS introduction Assignment 1 & 3
20 GPS signal
21 positioning using GPS
22 GPS equipment demo TRIMBLE
23 GPSnet
24 GPS a guide for users
25 Plan a GPS survey
26 GPS equipment demo - PROMARK
27 GPS handbook
Assignment 2
28 GPS surveying methods
29 TGO
30 GPS equipment demo TOPCON
31 Best practice
32 Processing GPS data
33 GPS revision
34 Exam
35 Portfolio
36 Portfolio

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to:

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• matching objectives with resources to ensure project proceeds in an organised and timely manner
• ensuring that achievement of required accuracy has been attempted by:
• accessing and interpreting design information to identify the components to be measured and monitored
• performing measurements
• planning resources
• applying solutions to a range of problems
• documenting and reporting
• GPS data reduction
• organising and prioritising activity
• ensuring that non-conformity aspects are recorded and reported
• taking responsibility for team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of the simulated workplace project and the Evaluation of portfolio, using a checklist, of the performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard including collection methods and techniques related to the project objectives.

Observation, using a skills checklist, of performance of elements of competence as designated for this unit to the required standard during practical fieldwork exercises within a simulated workplace project.

Assessment will require demonstration of:

• Consistence performance of each element of the unit across a representative range of applications, autonomously and to requirements
• Performance criteria for each element of competence
• Underpinning knowledge and skills specified.

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment and Assessment Matrix are available in the Distributed Learning System (Blackboard). Refer to it for any changes or announcements.

Element Assessment  
1 Prepare for the survey.
Assessment 1, 2, 3  
2 Conduct the survey
Assessment 1, 2, 3  
3 Finalise the survey.
Assessment 1, 2, 3, 4  

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