Area of Study
Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThe objectives of this subject are to enable students to: become competent in the theory and practice of basic surveying skills; be able to use basic surveying equipment such as levels and theodolites and perform the calculations and reductions of observations associated with such equipment; be aware of the likely errors that may occur during observations and of methods to eliminate or minimise such errors; be competent in making distance measurements accurately over short distances using tapes and wires and be aware of the advantages of modern developments in this field such as Electronic Distance-measuring Equipment; be able to perform a simple traverse and associated calculations to find the misclose and proportional accuracy, and the bearing and distance of one missing line; understand and be able to perform relevant calculations for the engineering applications of surveying (horizontal curves, vertical curves, and areas and volumes); and be aware of field techniques used to enable preparation of a detail and contour plan. The stadia method is discussed in class and is used as a data-gathering tool in a practical exercise. The applications of modern computer programs to reduce data for and the plotting of detail and contour plans are introduced. Services of professional surveyors are explained, as are engineering situations where surveyors must be engaged. Topics include: use of equipment such as levels, theodolites and tapes and wires; calculations related to this equipment, as well as traversing, horizontal curve setting out, design of vertical curves, areas and volumes and stadia and contouring; modern developments in surveying; and the role of the professional surveyor.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:01. Identify & apply the theory and practice of basic surveying skills02. Use basic surveying equipment such as levels and theodolites, and perform the calculations and reductions of observations associated with such equipment.03. Assess the likely errors that may occur during observations, and of methods to eliminate or minimise such errors.04. Use applications of modern computer programs to reduce data for and the plotting of detail and contour plans.05. Recognise the role of the professional surveyor, and modern developments in surveying.This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)Apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.1] (B.4)Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications) [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2 , 2.3, 3.6] (F.4)Teaching and learning strategiesClasses are given in weekly mode and include lectures and practicals or tutorials each week. There is a lecture held every week. Tutorials and practical sessions will be held as advised in the Subject Timetable. Practical work is weather dependant, so changes may need to be made to the published timetable. Students will be notified by UTSOnline as quickly as possible of any changes but should be alert to the possibility.The subject uses two hours of lectures each week. Lectures are supported by printed notes which may be purchased from the UTS Union Shop Level 3, Tower Building Broadway. These notes contain tutorial problems which should be attempted regularly throughout the semester. Surveying is a subject which is best learnt by 'doing' examples and exercises.In the secondary sessions each week (with the exception of Week 1), tutorials or practical exercises will be held. The practicals provide learning experiences and practice in using equipment and are very important as practical skills are an essential component of the learning and assessment of this subject.As an indication, a typical 6cp subject would normally assume a total time commitment (including class time) of approximately 150 hours, for an average students aiming to pass the subject).ContentTopics covered include:Levelling: field methods, booking and reduction by Rise and Fall method and the Height of Plane of Collimation methodBearings and Angles, including the use of the theodoliteDistance Measurement and TraversingPreparation of a detail and contour planDesign and set out of Horizontal and Vertical curves, Areas and volume estimationModern Developments in Surveying Equipment and Techniques, including an Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).AssessmentAssessment task 1: Practical Exercises and ReportsObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:01, 02, 03 and 04This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.1, B.4, C.1 and E.1Type: Laboratory/practicalGroupwork: Group, group and individually assessedWeight: 20%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsAccuracy of measurements 30 01, 02 B.1, B.4, C.1, E.1Calculations 50 03, 04 B.1, B.4, C.1Analysis of results 20 01, 03 B.1, B.4SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 2: Class quizObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:01, 02 and 03This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.1, B.2, B.4 and C.1Type: Quiz/testGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 25%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsAccuracy of Results 70 01, 02, 03 B.1, B.2, B.4, C.1Methodology used 30 01, 02, 03 B.1, B.2, B.4, C.1SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 3: Final ExamObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:01, 02, 03 and 05This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:B.1, B.2, B.4, C.1 and F.4Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 35%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsAccuracy of Results 60 01, 02, 03 B.1, B.2, B.4, C.1Methodology used 20 01, 02, 03 B.1, B.2, B.4, C.1Demonstrate comprehension of the role of the professional surveyor and modern developments in surveying 20 05 F.4SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesAssessment task 4: Practical ExamObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:02 and 03B.2, B.4 and F.4Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 20%Criteria linkages:Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOsDemonstrate understanding in use of basic surveying equipment 40 02, 03 B.2, B.4, F.4Accuracy of results 60 02, 03 B.2, B.4, F.4SLOs: subject learning objectivesCILOs: course intended learning outcomesMinimum requirementsMINIMIUM ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTSTo pass the subject, a mark of at least 50% has to be achieved and the following conditions met.Assessment components 3 and 4 listed above must be each completed satisfactorily. Satisfactory completion is deemed to be obtaining a raw mark of at least 45% in that component.The two aspects of the final assessment (written and practical) provide an overview of each student?s mastery of the theory and practical parts of the course. It is wise to consider these as MUST PASS components, though a little lee way is allowed. As the practical sessions generally are group efforts, these assessments are the only way of determining the depth of knowledge of each individual. Note that it is possible for a student to obtain a mark beyond 50% but still fail the subject overall due to poor results in Assessment components 3 and 4.A (ONE only) Supplementary (second chance) exam may be awarded in special cases where a student has not performed satisfactorily in ONE of the compulsory components but has gained an overall mark which is greater than 49%. i.e. where a fail would be awarded for not meeting one of the minimum requirements.Supplementary Exams are NOT awarded where multiple components have been failed or the overall mark is less than 50%.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.