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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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
03 9925 8359
William Ntuwah
03 9925 4445


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

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, class discussion,
seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits, and interaction with
individuals and groups within the Surveying and Spatial area.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule

Week Topic Assessment
19 GPS introduction  
20 Prepare for the survey - GPS a guide for users  
21 Prepare for the survey - Argyle square – Boundary corners  
22 Conduct the survey - Argyle square – Boundary corners check and survey playing area  
23 Conduct the survey - Argyle square – Boundary corners setout  
24 Conduct the survey - Argyle Square – Feature pickup  
25 Finalise the survey - Argyle square feature survey - processing  
26 Finalise the survey - Argyle square feature survey - plan preparation  
27 Informal test Assessment 1
28 Finalise the survey - Assessment 2 – Argyle square plan Assessment 2
29 Prepare for the survey - Argyle square – Setout 1  
30 Conduct the survey - Argyle square – Setout 1  
31 Prepare for the survey - Argyle square – Setout 2  
32 Conduct the survey - Argyle square – Setout 2  
33 Finalise the survey - revision  
34 Exam Assessment 3
35 Portfolio  
36 Portfolio Assessment 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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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

You are required to complete the following four assessment tasks:
Assessment 1 = Assignment 20% due Week 27
Assessment 2 = Assignment 20% due Week 28
Assessment 3 = Test 40% due Week 34
Assessment 4 = Portfolio 20% due Week 36

Grading Criteria
NYC 0-49% Not yet competence
CAG 50 – 59% Competence Achieved -Graded
CC  60 – 69% Competence with credit
CDI 70 – 79% Competence with distinction
CHD 80-100% Competence with high distinction

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task       Element                     Percentage loading

Assignment One       Element 1, and 3           20%
Assignment Two       Element 1, 2 and 3        20%
Project                      Element1, 2 and 3         40%
Exam                        Element 1, and 3            20%

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