Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: MATH5320C

Course Title: Manage advanced surveying computations

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

William Ntuwah

+61 3 99254445

Nominal Hours: 80

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 solve a range of surveying and basic engineering-related problems. It requires the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate data to perform surveying computations. Functions would be carried out within organisational guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPPSIS5023A Manage advanced surveying computations


1 Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Task objectives are defined.
1.2 Pertinent standards are identified, considered and
adhered to according to project specifications.
1.3 Principal work activities and constraints in relation
to advanced traverse computations are defined and
documented according to client requirements.
1.4 Information on identified risks, contingencies, risk
management processes and required resources are
included in task objectives.
1.5 Requirements of the job and the computations are
clarified with relevant personnel according to
organisational guidelines.
1.6 Work is allocated to appropriate personnel and
supervisory processes, checks and measures are
implemented to ensure work is completed within
time available.
1.7 OHS requirements are planned for and adhered to.
1.8 Skills and knowledge are updated to accommodate
changes in surveying computations.


2 Arrange for the task to be executed.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Arrangements are made for computations to be
performed on angles and bearings.
2.2 Requirements for conversions between polar and
rectangular modes are communicated to relevant
personnel and performed.
2.3 Computations performed on the coordinates of a
simple closed traverse, and the missing elements
and adjusted coordinates of a traverse, are
2.4 Arrangements are made for traverse information to
be reduced from field notes.
2.5 Traverse misclose computations adjustment process
is supervised.
2.6 Computation problems involving linear figures of
constant width are communicated to relevant
personnel and solved.
2.7 Organisational documented and undocumented
practices are communicated to relevant personnel
and adhered to.


3 Arrange for the computation of surveying problems involving circular curves.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Computations are performed on all elements of
circular curves.
3.2 Problems involving circular curve missing elements
are communicated to relevant personnel and solved.


4 Supervise the completion of the task.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 All required documentation is communicated to relevant personnel and completed promptly,
accurately and according to organisational guidelines.
4.2 Spatial data is archived according to project specifications.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Teacher led
Classroom &/or tutorial instruction in specifying the outcomes required to solve a range of surveying and basic engineering-related problemsand 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 determine suitable sources of information for the creation of new spatial data sets to industry standards.
Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises. Individual exercises carrying out research, computations, data compilation and appraisal.
Compilation of Portfolio of examples of work, client reports, management reports and data management records.

Teaching Schedule

This is an indicative teaching schedule, refer to the Blackboard for any changes or announcements.


Week No

Topic Delivered

1Introduction and Diagonistic Test 
2Number and Arithmetic Processes, Review of Basic Algebraic Processes 
3Review of Basic Algebraic Processes 
4Review of Basic Algebraic Processes , Mensuration in 2-D 
5Mensuration in 2-D 
6Cartesian Coordinate System, More Algebraic Procedures 
7Analytic Geometry - (Assignment No1 due 24/3), Revision Program 
8Test No. 1 , MatricesTest 1
18RevisionTest 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Acts and Regulations Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Surveying, A Bannister and S Raymond, Pitman
Elementary Surveying, Elfick Fryer Brinkner Wolf, Harper Collins
Advanced-Engineering-Surveying-problems-and-solutions, F A Shepard, Arnold.

References - Online@RMIT – Program and Course information, documents, resources and links. - Land Channel (Victoria) - Survey Mark Enquiry Service, GPSnet, Maps & Images, Property Information, Land Management. - Institute of Surveyors, Australia - Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia - ANZLIC: Australian and New Zealand Spatial Information Council - Surveyors Board, Victoria – Survey Practice Handbook, Key Legislation for Surveyors. - Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Standards and Practices for Control Surveys - Geoscience Australia – National Mapping Agency, Geocentric Datum of Australia, GPS

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
• applying known solutions to a range of problems
• performing calculations following a logical progression and presenting clearly visible results
• assessing and recording computations from varied sources
• demonstrating operational knowledge in a broad range of areas relating to surveying computations
• applying mathematical principles and skills to a range of advanced surveying-related problems
• understanding mathematical concepts and techniques
• performing a range of tasks where choice between a substantial range of options is required
• understanding the purpose of numerically solving advanced surveying problems
• understanding the requirement for accuracy in surveying calculations
• defining terms used in calculations
• taking responsibility for team outputs in work and learning.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment of this unit will involve completion of Assignments 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 Matrix



Element 1Prepare to perform advanced traverse computations.
Assignment 1
Element 2Arrange for the task to be executedTest 1
Element 3Arrange for the computation of surveying problems involving circular curves.
Assignment 2
Element 4Supervise the completion of the task. Test 2


Note: Assignment due dates will be issued on commencement of the course

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