Principles And Practice Of Land Surveying GEOG5017

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

An introduction to the theory and practice of Land Surveying.


All classes will be on one day of the week (normally Tuesdays)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

GEOG5020 - Principles of Land Surveying


Calculations 10%, a class test 10%, Project report 10%, Traverse report 10% and an end of semester examination 60%.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Most survey practical exercises cannot be repeated and must be attended for credit.
The Class test, Project and Traverse assessments cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

To equip students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to allow the successful planning, execution, analysis and reporting of surveying tasks. Aligned to guidance from professional surveying bodies this course intends to introduce and develop fundamental, high-quality surveying practices. The course will;
 Introduce the fundamental concepts of land surveying;
Explain the design and operation of instruments such as Total Stations and Levels;
 Provide hands-on practical experience in land surveying;
Integrate authentic learning by applying theory to real world surveying problems;
Introduce Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and their use in land surveying;
Introduce basic survey computations, processing and adjustment methods as appropriate;
Introduce instrument calibration, adjustment and verification methods as appropriate;
Introduce data processing and CAD software for land surveying;
Introduce advancements in survey instrumentation such as Laser Scanners;
Introduce the concept of reflective learning of your own survey practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ explain the technical, professional, and ethical principles of land surveying;
demonstrate proficiency in the use and care of survey instruments;
collect and process survey observations including adjustments as appropriate;
perform basic survey computations and peer review other students work;
■ assess the suitability of survey techniques and equipment in a range of scenarios;
propose and justify land survey workflows for survey control and detail operations;
■ assess the quality of survey data from reported methods and results.
■ plan and carry out a topographic survey in a small group;
■ explain the procedures to be carried out during a survey reconnaissance;
explain the observation, computation and adjustment of control methods as appropriate;
■ assess the range of computational methods available; 
■ explain the specification requirements for control and detail surveys;
process survey data in a professional survey software package;
■ report succinctly on survey tasks;
reflect on the outcome of their own survey results and practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at all practical sessions