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SVY3904 Surveying and Spatial Science Practice 4

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: Surveying & Spatial Sci Prac 4
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: Chris McAlister


Pre-requisite: SVY2902 or SVY2903 and SVY3304 or SVY3306 and SVY3202

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: SVY3107


The course is intended to provide students with a core of basic industrial skills required for the practical applications of Surveying and Spatial Science in the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to select and complete four workshops that best reflect their needs for practical instruction. Techniques required in cadastral surveying, cadastral law and reinstatement, photogrammetry, post-processed GPS and GPS network exercises can be undertaken by students as individual modules. Students can also undertake exercises in essential business skills including project management and writing a business plan. 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. Depending on their selection, on completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. complete surveying practical exercises to a standard of professional practice encompassing theoretical skills and practices taught in Advanced Cadastral Surveying, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Geodetic Survey Network
  2. demonstrate professional skills, reporting and documentation in professional practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Workshop 1 25.00
2. Workshop 2 25.00
3. Workshop 3 25.00
4. Workshop 4 25.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
SVY3107 Geodetic surveying B: study materials, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: study materials, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
SVY3304 Cadastral surveying: study materials, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Report Writing 18.00
Residential Schools 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Induction 1 1 07 Feb 2020 (see note 1)
Reports & Practical Work 1 98 07 Feb 2020 1,2 (see note 2)
Res School/Lab Participation 1 1 07 Feb 2020 1,2 (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.