Postgraduate taught 

Geospatial & Mapping Sciences MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Land Surveying I GEOG5020

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides a basic introduction to the principles and practices of land surveying


Teaching will take place on one day per week during semester 1, normally Tuesdays but with practical sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays

Excluded Courses

GEOG5017 Principles and Practice of Land Surveying


Set Exercises 20%
Set Exercise and Report 20%

Examination 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 set exercise (class test) and set exercise and report (project) cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

To equip students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to perform basic surveying and data collection operations. Aligned to guidance from professional surveying bodies this course will show how basic spatial data is collected and the potential varying quality that Geomaticians must be aware of when using such data for analysis and decision making. The course will;
â–  Introduce the fundamental concepts of land surveying;
â–  Explain the design and operation of instruments such as Total Stations and Levels;
â–  Provide hands-on practical experience in land surveying;
â–  Integrate authentic learning by applying theory to real world surveying problems;
â–  Introduce Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and their use in land surveying;
â–  Introduce basic survey computations, processing and adjustment methods as appropriate;
â–  Introduce instrument calibration, adjustment and verification methods as appropriate;
â–  Introduce data processing and CAD software for land surveying;
â–  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:
â–  explain the technical, professional, and ethical principles of land surveying;
â–  demonstrate basic competence in the use and care of survey instruments;
â–  collect and process survey observations including adjustments as appropriate;
â–  perform basic survey computations and peer review other students work;
â–  assess the suitability of survey techniques and equipment in a range of scenarios
â–  propose and justify land survey workflows for survey control and detail operations;
â–  assess the quality of survey data from reported methods and results.
â–  carry out a survey in a small group;
â–  process and present collected data in a professional software package;
â–  report succinctly on survey tasks;
â–  reflect on the outcome of their own survey results and practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practical sessions