Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers various more advanced and applied aspects of contemporary land and engineering surveying and includes a major field work exercise.


Classes normally all on half a day per week for 5 weeks in the second ½ of semester 2

The course includes a 5 day residential field class during Easter vacation.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to relevant PGT programme

Excluded Courses

Topics in Geomatics

Further Topics in Geomatics


GEOG5017 - Principles and Practice of Land Surveying

Normally GEOG5007 - Engineering Surveying


Reports on practical project work: TLS 40%; and report on field class 60%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

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 Field class practical and group submission component cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

To further develop students existing surveying knowledge and experience obtained in previous modules. The course will;

■ Develop students' knowledge of laser scanning and introduce point cloud processing;

■ Integrate authentic learning by applying theory to real world surveying problems;

■ Provide extended practical time with specialist survey software packages;

■ Offer an intensive topographic surveying experience via the residential field class;

■ Provide an opportunity to use the latest survey equipment;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Relate the previously acquired principles of surveying to Applied Land Surveying;

■ Plan and execute a laser scanning project from reconnaissance to final 3d deliverable;

■ Create a suitable survey plan for a large scale topographic survey problem perhaps forming novel solutions on the way to becoming independent and critical thinkers;

■ Collect topographic field data with a range of modern equipment in a manner that is consistent with the principles of surveying demonstrating that they are becoming subject specialists and ethically and socially aware;

■ Demonstrate that they are effective communicators by preparing and delivering verbal and written reports on the progress, results and analysis of typical, professional surveying activities against realistic industry specifications;

■ Organise their survey group to meet authentic industry challenges including time and asset management showing they have become experienced collaborators;

■ Develop their own confidence and leadership skills showing they have become confident, adaptable, resourceful and responsible;

■ Evaluate their own development of the Glasgow Graduate Attributes, including confidence and leadership skills using specific examples illustrated in a personal reflective diary.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Attendance at all practical sessions, tutorials, seminars and the field course.