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Surveying and Mapping (GEOM20015)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeGEOM20015
Semester 2
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This subject will introduce students to the technologies and field procedures used in surveying and mapping. Students will understand the fundamental principles of plane surveying and acquire skills to undertake all the measurements and computations necessary for mapping small areas. There will be several outdoor practical assignments that combine to produce a detail and contour plan of an area of interest. This unit provides the foundation surveying skills needed for the Spatial Systems major. Students who develop proficiency in the practice of this subject will be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace under the supervision of a licensed surveyor.


The theory and practice of surveying on a plane, including the associated computations. Levelling, traversing, detail and contour observations with automated instruments, plan preparation and incorporation of field surveys into geographic information systems. An introduction to advanced measurement techniques including 3d laser scanning and GPS.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Design and acquire field survey measurements using modern surveying instruments
  2. Process survey measurements to produce plans showing features and contours of appropriate accuracy and visual representation
  3. Incorporate these data into geographical information systems
  4. Recognise the requirements for designing plans of survey according to the needs of a variety of clients
  5. Take leadership roles within the survey teams
  6. Understand the processes involved in representing the contiguous real world in a metric abstracted form.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject; students should have the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.

Last updated: 10 August 2019