Postgraduate taught 

Land & Hydrographic Surveying MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Leading on from Hydrographic Surveying, this course examines contemporary applications and research in addition to a variety of background topics recommended for study by the International Hydrographic Organisation. It also includes attendance at The Hydrographic Society's event - Hydrofest workshop or equivalent.


Classes will normally be on 1 day of the week in the 2nd ½ of semester 2. The Hydrofest meeting is normally 1 day in Aberdeen in April

Requirements of Entry

Appropriate mathematical background.

Excluded Courses

GEOG5011 Further topics in Geomatics


GEOG5014 Hydrographic Survey


Set Exercises 20%, Essay 50%, Oral Presentation 10%, and Hydrofest Report 20%.

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 attendance and report for Hydrofest cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

Leading on from the Hydrographic Surveying course, this course aims to:

■ Introduce relevant background topics as recommended by the IHO;
■ Examine contemporary applications and research in hydrographic surveying;
Introduce maritime navigation and safety at sea;
■ Provide contact with industry through guest speakers and at a conference.
Develop practical knowledge and skills for offshore applications using industry software.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Research and report on the latest advances in hydrographic survey techniques;
■ Describe and carry out basic navigation and survey planning tasks;

■ Discuss nautical regulations and their application to safe planning of hydrographic survey operations;

■ Explain atmospheric, oceanic and coastal zone processes and their relevance to and impact on hydrographic surveying;

■ Explain the Law of the Sea as applied to maritime boundary definition and its potential impacts on survey operations.

■ Report succinctly on an academic conference and reflect on its impact on their knowledge and understanding of the subject;

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.