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SVY2303 Construction Surveying

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Construction Surveying
Units : 1
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 : Graded
Version produced : 19 September 2020

Staffing

Examiner: Shane Simmons

Requisites

Pre-requisite: SVY1104

Rationale

It is necessary for surveyors to have an understanding of the design and survey requirements for a variety of engineering construction projects. Surveyors are required to understand the contractual arrangements, the design and planning methods, and be able to set-out engineering designs for construction projects. Surveyors, as professional advisers, must exercise due care and diligence in carrying out duties and be able to minimise the risk of problems and errors associated with major construction projects.

Synopsis

Specific applications of the principles and techniques for construction surveying are applied to a range of engineering projects in this course. The main emphasis will be on the practical application of construction surveying techniques required for engineering and land development projects. Just as importantly, it is essential that surveyors understand the engineering principles and design of engineering works.

Objectives

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

  1. Interpret engineering plans and solve problems utilised on construction sites;
  2. Apply construction methods and surveying techniques used in the following projects: low to medium-rise buildings; bridge and dam construction and hydraulic applications; and road construction;
  3. Apply engineering principles and design, construction methods and surveying techniques used in the following projects domestic sewerage systems; urban stormwater and culvert design; and hydrographic surveys;
  4. Discuss scheduling and management of engineering projects and compliance with contractual agreements and liability.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Job organisation and control 7.50
2. Contracts and liability for surveyors 7.50
3. Horizontal and vertical geometry for road construction 7.50
4. Hydraulics, bridge and dam construction 10.00
5. Road location, construction and surveys 12.50
6. Building construction surveys 10.00
7. Sewerage and drainage surveys 10.00
8. Rural culvert design 10.00
9. Urban stormwater design 10.00
10. Hydrographic surveying 10.00
11. As-constructed surveys 5.00

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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=SVY2303)

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

Handheld programmable calculator (Hewlett Packard HP48G and later models are recommended).

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, EM 1998, Surveying, theory and practice, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 63.00
Private Study 52.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 200 20 24 Aug 2020
Assignment 2 200 20 06 Oct 2020
Assignment 3 600 60 26 Oct 2020 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. The assignment date or written assessment will be available via UConnect when the Alternative Assessment Schedule has been released. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the assignment by their course examiner via StudyDesk.

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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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

Date printed 19 September 2020