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SVY1901 Surveying and Spatial Science Practice 1

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Surveying & Spatial Sci Prac 1
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031101 - Surveying
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Dev Raj Paudyal

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: SVY1102 and SVY1110 and GIS1401


The practice course seeks to develop competency in the use of a variety of survey instruments, calculations and practices. This course provides a broad introduction to surveying methodology and practices. Students will have the opportunity to select and complete four workshops that best reflect their needs for practical instruction.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


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

  1. operate basic survey equipment, including automatic levels and theodolites/total station;
  2. perform calculations required for basic surveying tasks including level traverse reduction and Bowditch traverse adjustment;
  3. use computer aided drafting at a foundation level;
  4. develop survey party leadership skills and work as part of a team; and
  5. present surveying results at an appropriate level of communication and presentation skill.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introductory levelling 40.00
2. Introductory distance and angle measurement 40.00
3. Introductory CAD 10.00
4. Introductory mapping 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). (

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Basic drawing implements.
Scientific 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.
SVY1102 Surveying A: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Laboratory or Practical Classes 40.00
Report Writing 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Induction 1 1 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Reports & Practical Work 1 98 26 Feb 2019 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 2)
Res School/Lab Participation 1 1 26 Feb 2019 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 3)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date for each assessment item.
  2. Students will be advised of the due date for each assessment item.
  3. Students will be advised of the due date for each assessment item. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.