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SVY2106 Geodetic Surveying A

Semester 1, 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: Zhenyu Zhang
Moderator: Albert Kon-Fook Chong

Requisites

Pre-requisite: SVY1110 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MENS

Rationale

Surveyors require the knowledge and skills necessary to precisely locate features on the Earth's surface. To do this, they require an understanding of the equipment and methods used to observe precise angles, and differences in level, as well as the determination of coordinates from GPS equipment.

Synopsis

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the equipment and methods used to carry out precise surveys, including sources of error and the techniques used to minimise or eliminate them. In addition the students are expected to gain the necessary skills to complete these surveys at an appropriate standard.

Objectives

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

  1. describe the geodetic relationships of the size and shape of the earth;
  2. use statistics to analyse geodetic observations, values and positional results;
  3. explain the construction properties and uses of the UTM map projection and identify its fundamental elements;
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of the sources of errors in precise angle observations and the techniques used to minimise their effects;
  5. demonstrate a knowledge of the effects of curvature and refraction on lines of sight;
  6. apply this knowledge of curvature and refraction to trigonometrical levelling;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of GPS carrier phase observations;
  8. describe the RTK and other GPS system components and explain their use and operation;
  9. describe the principles of data acquisition, data presentation and uses of the RTK GPS technique;
  10. demonstrate ability to enter data, without errors or omissions, into standardised systems for electronic processing.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Horizontal and Vertical Datums 10.00
2. Statistical Analysis in Surveying 10.00
3. Map Projections and the UTM 10.00
4. Precise Angles Observations 10.00
5. Trigonometrical Heighting 10.00
6. The GPS phase Observable 20.00
7. The Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) system 20.00
8. Applications and data collection 10.00

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=01&subject1=SVY2106)

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

  • 1980, Eton statistical and math tables, 4th edn, Heinemann, Auckland.
  • Microsoft Excel 97 or later (students purchasing this software will find it more economical to purchase the Microsoft Office package which includes Excel).

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.
  • McElroy, S 1992, Getting started with GPS surveying, GPSCO, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.
    (526.982 MacE.)
  • Other references are provided at specific places in the USQ texts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 48.00
Directed Study 48.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 57.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 18 Mar 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 08 Apr 2013
ASSIGNMENT 3 200 20 13 May 2013
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 500 50 End S1 (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 assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements 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 Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  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 one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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. 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

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to survey instruments (total station), e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.