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CEG1703 : Surveying and Mapping

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Pearson
  • Lecturer: Dr Maria-Valasia Peppa, Dr Nigel Penna
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide a general introduction to plane and engineering surveying, and to introduce the concepts, instrumentation, observation and computation procedures used in modern surveying practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the principles of locating relative positions in space both in theory and practice. Study of instrumentation and field methods for data capture, and the computations involved when surveying small areas. Introduction to survey errors and quality assessments. The construction and operating principles of engineering 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 of our extensive range of contemporary instruments and the surveying workflow.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion410:0040:00Work on assessed computations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:0040 hours of PiP lectures (online asynchronous will be used for delivery if necessitated by Covid).
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00Background reading and study of lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00PiP workshops (online asynchronous will be used for delivery if necessitated by Covid).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork83:3028:008 x 3.5 hour PiP field practical's, 4 per semester. Scheduled in mornings to ensure sufficient light
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1712Fundamentals of Surveying I
CEG8709Introduction to Surveying for Town Planning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures plus formative questions set on several topics to test understanding and reinforce the learning. Assessed computational practicals as the ability to undertake survey computations is critical. Assessment for field practicals as they are part of PSRB requirements. Learning outcomes involve the student gaining proficiency in use of survey instruments, observational and computational surveying skills, which requires real field experience. Exams at the end of each of semesters 1 and 2 form the bulk of the assessment to ensure the cumulative knowledge of each individual student is assessed.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination21A30Closed book
Digital Examination22A30Closed book
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M7Levelling computations
Prob solv exercises1M8Coordinate computations
Prob solv exercises2M7Traverse computation
Prob solv exercises2M8Single point positioning computations
Practical/lab report1M5Field Practical
Practical/lab report2M5Field Practical
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time constraints as required in industry. Satisfactory participation (zero weighting pass/fail) at each of the practical sessions is essential to enable the PSRB hands-on practical skills to be acquired. Computations are fundamental to surveying and will be summatively assessed via the four Problem Solving Exercise assignments.

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