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CEG8709 : Introduction to Surveying for Town Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Pearson
  • Lecturer: Dr Nigel Penna
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide a general introduction to surveying concepts and instrumentation.
To develop skills in fundamental survey observations and teamwork.

This module introduces students to the concepts, instrumentation, observation procedures and basic computations utilised in modern surveying practice. The construction and operating principles of survey levels, theodolites, electromagnetic distance measurement (EDM) equipment and total stations, are all introduced in the lecture programme. Supporting practicals, that complement the theory taught in lectures, provide students with hands-on experience.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the basic concepts of surveying on a plane surface; Height determination by spirit levelling; angle measurement by theodolite; distance measurement techniques including EDM; basic positioning using total stations; testing of instrumentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion178:0078:00Independent study and work on assessments, including reviewing non-synchronous lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:3014:00Assessed practicals. PiP - held off campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:004 hrs of present-in-person lectures/seminars;
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Synchronous online seminars
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1703Surveying and Mapping
CEG1712Fundamentals of Surveying I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The study of surveying, as with many scientific subjects, has its own language, methodologies and techniques. Additionally, the subject is underpinned by mathematics. The language, methodologies and techniques are delivered through the lecture series building to an in-depth study of basic surveying practice. Theoretical knowledge introduced in lectures is further practised and consolidated in formal practical sessions. The practical skills of the subject are practised through equipment based practical sessions.
Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1201A60Closed book exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Surveying and Mapping1Multiple Choice, Electronic Exam.
Fundamentals of Surveying I1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M15Levelling computations
Prob solv exercises1M15Coordinate computations
Practical/lab report1M104 x 3.5 hour field practicals
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCanvas quizzes on aspects of levelling and total stations
Prob solv exercises1MHorizontal coordinate computations worksheet
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Surveying encompasses a suite of practical, computational, analytical and expressive skills. Therefore the assessments vary to ensure these skills (and respective knowledge and understanding) are assessed, including fieldwork for practical skills.

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