Land Surveying II GEOG5023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course develops on the introduction to surveying in Land Surveying 1.


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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

GEOG5017-Principles and practice of Land Surveying


GEOG5020 - Land Surveying 1


Set Exercise and Report 60%
Class test 40%.

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.
Set Exercise and Report (traverse) 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 advanced technical aspects of survey 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 advanced survey computations, processing and adjustment methods as appropriate;
Introduce additional instrument calibration, adjustment and verification methods as appropriate;
Introduce advanced data processing and CAD software for land surveying;
Introduce developments 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; 
■ 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 control and detail 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