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SVY1500 Spatial Science for Engineers

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Surveying & Spatial Science
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Albert Kon-Fook Chong
Moderator: Peter Gibbings

Rationale

This course provides a basic introduction to the spatial sciences for students in the Engineering programs.

Synopsis

Many engineering projects are based on the location of an engineer designed structure (or structures) on a part of the Earth's surface. The construction of an engineered structure requires accurate surveying and spatial science skills to guarantee the establishment, alignment and fitting of structural or land components, and to ensure that all structures are positioned as designed. Investigation and location of engineering and development projects requires knowledge and input from spatial science professionals. Spatial science is an essential fundamental component in engineering planning, design, construction and monitoring processes. This course provides an understanding of the skills and role of spatial scientists, an introduction to surveying principles, fundamental elements of global positioning systems and the interpretation of spatial information.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. outline activities that are undertaken by a surveyor, and solve fundamental surveying problems using mathematical techniques;
  2. describe legal concepts relating to land ownership, land registration and cadastral survey systems;
  3. calculate and check 3-Dimensional coordinates of points from surveyed information;
  4. calculate areas and volumes of plane figures;
  5. describe the fundamental elements of GPS and evaluate the accuracy attainable from different GPS techniques;
  6. compare various sources of spatial information and methods of data presentation.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to surveying principles 10.00
2. Geographic information systems and maps 5.00
3. Land ownership, land registration and cadastral survey systems 10.00
4. Photogrammetry and remote sensing 5.00
5. Levels and Levelling 10.00
6. Distance and Angular Measurement 10.00
7. Traverse and plane co-ordinate calculations 15.00
8. Areas and Volumes 10.00
9. Map projection and geographic coordinate systems 10.00
10. Global navigation satellite systems 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=SVY1500)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Handheld graphics/scientific/programmable calculator.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Anderson, JM & Mikhail, EA 1998, Surveying: Theory and Practice, 7th edn, WCB/McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 80.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 33.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 1 150 15 02 Sep 2013
ONLINE QUIZ 2 150 15 21 Oct 2013
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAM 700 70 End S2 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); only hand held battery operated programmable calculators are permitted. Students must note the make and model of the calculator used on the front of the Answer Book or Examination Paper where applicable. This may be subject to checking by the supervisor.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing