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Advanced Surveying and Mapping (GEOM90039)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOM90039
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


In this subject students will be presented with a real world surveying problem which they will be required to solve through the integration, application and advancement of the theoretical and practical knowledge they have acquired throughout their study. The subject builds on the knowledge acquired in GEOM90033 Satellite Positioning Systems and GEOM90040 Adjustment Theory and Practice with regards to survey network design and adjustment as well as fundamental Geodesy and associated computations. Student knowledge of practical field surveying techniques learnt in GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping, or equivalent from other subjects, forms the basic grounding for the subject. The subject is of particular relevance to students wishing to establish a career in engineering, mining or cadastral surveying. It is also relevant to a range of mapping, spatial, land surveying and engineering disciplines where the capture and processing of spatial or survey measurements to meet a specific performance specification should be considered.


High precision GPS surveying, practical application of Geodetic theory, survey network design and adjustment, least squares adjustment theory, GPS reference station networks, precise levelling, coordinate systems, geodetic datum, geoid.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Plan, schedule, cost and complete an advanced, high precision survey job
  2. Critically assess and apply the appropriate field methodology, equipment and processing techniques for a specific survey task
  3. Use a range of techniques for managing survey errors and biases including results verification, quality control
  4. Design and develop innovative techniques and approaches to solving complex survey problems
  5. Maintain a balance between survey accuracy and the overall cost of the work
  6. Manage a large survey project.

Generic skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Eligibility and requirements


Successful completion of the following subject is required to enrol:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
GEOM90033 Satellite Positioning Systems
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



1. Three practical exercises (due on the first day of the on-campus component) that review fundamental literature and computing procedures in high precision surveying including

  • Exercise 1: GNSS data processing (5%)
  • Exercise 2: Network Adjustment (5%)
  • Exercise 3: Journal paper review (5%)

The submission for each practical exercise is a report (equivalent of 1000 words). Requires participation in two webinar sessions of 3 hours each. Requires approximately 10 hours of work. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 5 are addressed in this assessment

2. Two practical exercises (due across the first week of the subject) that review fundamental field procedures in high precision surveying including

  • Practical 1: RTK vs levelling (5%)
  • Practical 2: GNSS network processing (5%)

The submission for each practical exercise is a report (equivalent of 1000 words), that documents the methodology, results and analysis. Requires approximately 5 hours of work. ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in this assessment

3. Preparation of tender documentation and client interaction. The submission consists of a report and presentation (equivalent to 1500 words) describing their proposed design and methodology to achieve the specification for the survey job they have been allocated (equivalent to 1500 words). Due in the first week of the subject. Requires approximately 15 hours of work (25%). ILOs 1 to 5 are addressed in this assessment

4. A scientific paper summarising the results of the field work and data processing, which assesses the technical merits of their chosen methodology based on the results achieved against the performance criteria required by the job - no more than 10 pages. Requires approximately 35 hours of work (50%). ILOs 1 to 6 are addressed in this assessment

Hurdle Requirement: It is a hurdle requirement of this subject that students achieve a mark of 50% or higher for all assessable components.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    CoordinatorAmir Khodabandeh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursAn intensive 14 day course with 20 hours of lectures and 60 hours practical, problem based learning exercises.
    Total time commitment140 hours
    Teaching period18 February 2019 to 1 March 2019
    Last self-enrol date20 February 2019
    Census date22 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 2 March 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

    Dr Amir Khodabandeh


Time commitment details

140 hours

Additional delivery details

May require overnight stays. Students need to be available for the duration of the teaching period.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes


    This subject is delivered as a two week intensive. The subject is based principally on practical exercises coordinated by both the academic staff and experienced industry professionals. Presentations are used to communicate the necessary theoretical concepts which are then reinforced through a field practical exercise. A three day residential component is conducted off campus for students to apply their knowledge to a real world problem for which they are required to develop, design and present both an oral and written solution for assessment by both an industry and academic panel.

    Note: Details of the specific survey site will be provided on the first day of teaching. As the site selection may require overnight stays, students should make arrangements to be available for the duration of the teaching period.


    Guidelines for surveying tasks can be found at www.icsm.gov.au/publications/sp1/sp1v1-7.pdf


    Presenters from relevant government departments and private land surveying industry will provide students with the background to their survey tasks as well as available industry tools. They will liaise with the students to ensure that their survey methodologies are aligned with industry best practice. The residential component of this subject will enhance student’s practical experience of real world surveying as well as the process of liaising with clients and meeting client requirements.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019