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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


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.

Eligibility and requirements


VCE mathematics or equivalent



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


Additional details

  • One 2 hour end-of-semester examination (50%). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2, 3, 4 and 6 are addressed in the examination
  • Three group reports (8% each, 24% in total) (500 words equivalent per report) showing progress through the field survey tasks, requiring approximately 25 hours of work per student in total. ILOs 1, 2 and 5 are addressed in the reports
  • One group report (26%) (1500 words equivalent) containing the detail plan of survey, requiring approximately 20 hours of work per student. ILOs 2, 4 and 6 are addressed in the report

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorAmir Khodabandeh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours60 hours (Lectures: 2 hour per week; Practicals: 3 hours per week)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr Amir Khodabandeh


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the B-SCI Bachelor of Science


    This unit takes a Project Based Learning approach where the theory is reinforced through application in field surveying projects.




    Presenters from industry and government contribute to the lecture series in the unit, giving both applied and economic perspectives to the process of surveying and mapping. The survey tasks are undertaken according to the legislative requirements contained in the relevant Victorian Acts of Parliament.

  • Breadth options
  • 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: 10 August 2019