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CEG1712 : Fundamentals of Surveying I

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nigel Penna
  • Lecturer: Dr Christopher Pearson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

This module introduces students to the instrumentation and observation procedures utilised in modern surveying practice. The construction and operating principles of survey levels, theodolites, electromagnetic distance measurement (EDM) equipment, total stations and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), including the global positioning system (GPS), 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 station and GNSS; testing and calibration of instrumentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Work on assessed computations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:0021 hrs of present-in-person (PiP) lectures (will be online if Covid restrictions necessitate).
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0041:00Background reading and study of lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00PiP workshops (will be online if Covid restrictions necessitate)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork43:3014:004 x 3.5 hour PiP field practicals. Please schedule in mornings to ensure sufficient daylight.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1709Engineering 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 (zero weighted pass/fail assessment).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A60NUMBAS/Canvas 2 hour closed book invigilated PC exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG1703Surveying1Multiple Choice, Electronic Exam.
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
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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