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CEG2711 : Engineering Surveying Fieldcourse

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Henny Mills
  • Lecturer: Dr Christopher Pearson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide an introduction to engineering surveying principles and methods. To develop skills in fundamental survey observations and teamwork.
To understand the importance of measurement precision and accuracy in engineering surveying.

This module introduces students to the instrumentation and observation procedures utilised in modern engineering surveying practice. The construction and operating principles of engineering 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 of our extensive range of contemporary instruments

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to engineering surveying concepts and computations on a plane surface; introduction to surveying instrumentation; introduction to levelling, angle and distance measurement; basic positioning using total stations; survey errors and their propagation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials211:0021:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Group-based field practical analysis, computations and report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading153:0053:00Background reading and study of lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Post-field practical debrief and introduction to computations aspect of the lab report.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:008 hour field practical. Summer term.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:307:002 x 3.5 hour field practicals
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures plus formative questions set on several topics to test understanding and reinforce the learning. Use of zero weighting pass/fail assessment for first two field practicals as they are part of PSRB requirements. Third practical will be assessed via a group report on the practical itself, data management, computations and report. Learning outcomes involve the student gaining proficiency in use of survey instruments, observational and computational surveying skills, which requires real field experience. End of module exam forms 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 Examination1202A75NUMBAS Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M20Computations and write-up from observations collected during an 8-hour survey control establishment field practical.
Practical/lab report2M5Field practicals
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.

The practical sessions are essential to enable PSRB hands-on practical skills to be acquired which underpin the Practical/lab report 1. The latter enables the practical skills to be applied, understood and assessed in a real-world setting, including the resulting data management and computations and reporting.

In line with the requirements of the accrediting body students are expected to develop a professional attitude. To meet this skills outcome, participation will be required in core elements of this module.

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