CEG1712 : Fundamentals of Surveying I

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 completion33:3010:30Assessed practicals
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Project individual submission - computation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:3052:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG1709Engineering Surveying I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The study of surveying like 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 an equipment based practical session.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A70Multiple Choice, Electronic Exam.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG1703Surveying1Multiple Choice, Electronic Exam
CEG1709Engineering Surveying I1Multiple Choice, Electronic Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M18Individual submissions, computation (3-4 sides of A4).
Practical/lab report1M123 x 3.5 hour practical (assessed at time of delivery).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for assessment is appropriate as individual student projects are designed to assess theoretical understanding as the course progresses. Practical skills are practised through fieldwork. Finally, the examination (multiple choice) provides a balance of questions drawn from the materials presented throughout the module testing both knowledge and understanding.

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