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SVY3304 Cadastral Surveying (Queensland)

Semester 2, 2021 Springfield On-campus
Short Description: Cadastral Surveying (Qld)
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


Examiner: Glenn Campbell


Pre-requisite: (SVY1102 and SVY1104) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MSPT or MENS


Cadastral surveying refers to those surveys involving the description of land boundaries and requires a thorough knowledge of the current cadastral system for the registration of land. The majority of survey graduates will have some involvement with cadastral surveying during their career, if not for the whole of their careers, and need to be introduced to the underlying principles. Knowledge of cadastral surveying, cadastral systems and boundary reinstatement is essential for land surveyors. This course provides the foundation knowledge for land surveyors to be eligible for registration within state jurisdictions.


In this course students will be introduced to the Queensland statutory and common law relating to cadastral surveying, cadastral surveyors and land registration as per State legislation. Students will be able to outline the historical and current survey requirements for Queensland and select appropriate field measuring techniques, field checking procedures, marking requirements and drafting standards for cadastral surveys. A significant component of the course will be develop skill to solve and perform cadastral boundary reinstatement calculations for both rural and urban surveys and to categorise, apply and justify reinstatement principles for cadastral surveys.


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

  1. Apply and interpret Queensland statutory and common law relating to cadastral surveying, cadastral surveyors and land registration as set out in various Acts and Regulations;
  2. outline the historical and current survey requirements for Queensland including marking requirements;
  3. select appropriate field measuring techniques and field checking procedures for cadastral surveys;
  4. interpret, evaluate and prepare Queensland cadastral survey plans using current drafting practices;
  5. solve and perform cadastral boundary reinstatement calculations for both rural and urban surveys;
  6. categorise, apply and justify reinstatement principles for cadastral surveys;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cadastral Surveys and Land 10.00
2. Regulating Surveyors and Cadastral Surveys in Queensland 5.00
3. Evidence of Cadastral Boundaries 15.00
4. Planning and Field Procedure 15.00
5. Reinstatement Principles 15.00
6. Reinstatement Calculations 10.00
7. Reinstatement Practice 20.00
8. Current Marking Requirements in Queensland 5.00
9. Plan Requirements in Queensland 5.00

Text and Materials

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. (

2003, Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Act, Government Printer, Queensland.
(also available online at
2003, Surveyors Act, Government Printer, Queensland.
(also available online at
2004, Survey and Mapping Infrastructure Regulation, Government printer, Queensland.
(also available online at
2004, Surveyors Regulation, Government Printer, Queensland.
(also available online at
Cadastral Survey Requirements (Standards), Department of Natural Resources and Mines. (only available online - details to be provided through StudyDesk).
Registrar of Titles directions for the preparation of plans, Department of Natural Resources and Mines. (only available online details to be provided through StudyDesk).

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 42.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 61.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 150 15 16 Aug 2021 1,4,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 350 35 13 Sep 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 3 500 50 18 Oct 2021 1,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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 for that 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 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 obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. 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.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Associate Degree of Spatial Science, Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology and Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) and is benchmarked against the
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Surveyors Board of Queensland

Other Requirements

  1. 1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .
    2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 8 November 2021