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SVY3107 Geodetic Surveying B

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Geodetic Surveying B
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 : 17 April 2021


Examiner: Chris McAlister


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

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: SVY2105


Geodesy is the science of measuring and representing the earth's surface while taking its curvature into account. These surveys usually cover large areas and measurements are taken to high levels of accuracy. Results of such measurements are usually presented on a map or three-dimensional digital model. To do this effectively requires an accurate determination of the shape and size of a geometrical mathematical model of the earth and its magnetic field. Geodetic Surveying is concerned with the application of geodetic concepts in practical surveying contexts. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the principles involved in determining the size and shape of the earth, and from these data represent geodetic position on the earth's surface in various formats. The course also provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, undertake, and critically review Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) survey networks in accordance with appropriate national standards, and combine these with conventional terrestrial observations. Map projections are examined to demonstrate the presentation of geodetic data in a useable format and to provide a framework for smaller-scale surveys.


The key subject areas covered in this course are: horizontal and vertical datums; map projections and coordinate systems; and GNSS surveys. These are presented largely in the Australian context though the fundamental principles are entirely transferable across the globe. This course assumes some prior knowledge of the fundamental principles involved in determining the size and shape of the earth, and basics of the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) map projection. In Geodetic Surveying B we expand on this prior knowledge and develop advanced-level application skills in solving complex geodetic problems, particularly with respect to calculations on the ellipsoid, calculations on the UTM map projection, and coordinate transformations.


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

  1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical, conceptual, and technical knowledge of geodetic surveying concepts by analysing and solving a wide range of complex geodetic problems;
  2. Select and apply advanced cognitive methods and technologies to generate and transmit solutions to an extensive range of complex calculations and transformations involving various geodetic datums and coordinate systems;
  3. Accurately communicate information to others in the context of transmitting solutions to authentic practical scenarios, and describing and debating current professional practices;
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to execute and critically analyse survey control networks in accordance with appropriate standards using a combination of conventional terrestrial, and real-time and post processed GNSS observations;
  5. Adapt conventional concepts, theories, and processes to construct and critically analyse innovative new coordinate systems and debate their use in practical surveying applications;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ellipsoids and datums 5.00
2. Gravity and vertical datums 5.00
3. Measuring on the Earth's surface 10.00
4. Computations on the ellipsoid 15.00
5. UTM grid coordinates 15.00
6. Coordinate transformations 10.00
7. GNSS observation principles 10.00
8. Post-processed GNSS Surveying Systems 5.00
9. Planning and design of GNSS Surveys 10.00
10. Field procedures 5.00
11. Reduction and adjustment 5.00
12. Ground-based coordinate systems 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 24.00
Practical Classes 24.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 16 Aug 2021 1,2,3,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 300 30 13 Sep 2021 1,2,3,6
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 500 50 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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 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 (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 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 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

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 StudyDesk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment submission link located on the USQ StudyDesk 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.

Date printed 17 April 2021