CEG1701 : SMS Fieldcourse

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To consolidate theory of plane surveying with practice.
To give experience in organisation and teamwork on a substantial exercise.
To introduce plan design and drafting.
To introduce concise and unambiguous scientific writing.

Geomatics and Physical Geography students attend one residential fieldcourse during their first year of study.

The fiedtrip during the Easter vacation will be subsidised by the School, however each student will be expected to pay a minimised cost between £100 and £200 for this fieldcourse.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction - risk assessments - importance of teamwork - survey planning - primary and secondary control surveys - detail surveying - cartography - report writing, career planning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork119:0099:0011 day residential fieldcourse
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity93:0027:00Group learning activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1714GIS Fieldcourse
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The fieldcourse is designed to complement CEG1703 lectures and practicals by placing the theory and surveying practice learnt on that module into the context of an integrated topographic surveying project. Students undertake relevant risk assessment, teamworking, and cartographic production exercises as well as consolidating their plane surveying skills. A series of evening small group teaching activities facilitate progress through the duration of the fieldcourse.


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Coursework involves: Group work (75%) - field report and calculation and Individual assessment (25%) - report, approx. 1000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is 100% coursework. This consists of several elements, including group reports and plots, individual critiques and plots, and staff and student peer assessment as well as attendance. The group submission includes a report of the group's activities, traverse diagrams and computations, fieldbooks and A1 plot of site detail and contours.

The assessment elements check the students understanding of surveying methodologies and how the theory and skills of surveying is applied in the field. It assesses the students ability to apply surveying techniques, and how to use data acquired in the field to calculate coordinates. Additionally, it assess the ability to translate coordinates into plotting and the mapping skills of students.

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