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ENEC12009 Engineering Surveying and Spatial Sciences
Engineering Surveying and Spatial Sciences
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General Information


This unit introduces you to engineering surveying techniques and spatial sciences. It outlines the fundamental principles of the plane and geodetic surveying, such as measurements of distances, elevations, and angles. You will learn surveying methods such as triangulation and traversing and use industry-relevant software QGIS or equivalent to develop skills in mapping and visualisation. This unit also introduces you to concepts related to automated survey instruments, errors and survey adjustments, computerised processing of survey data, and a range of advanced surveying tools such as GPS, laser scanners, and drones. You will also develop teamwork and communication skills necessary to implement such systems in the civil construction and mining industries.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MATH11218 Applied Mathematics or MATH11160 Technology Mathematics.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle Site


The reading activities and weekly video resources were well organised and executed.


Continue to add more insightful and practical materials for Term 1, 2023.

Feedback from Moodle Site


The students would benefit from more detailed feedback on the assignments.


More detailed feedback on assignments will be given to the students in the next offerings.

Feedback from Moodle Site


Holding extra sessions to help students with assignments around hand-in time would be very beneficial.


Drop-in sessions will be considered for those who have questions about the unit contents and assignments.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recognise and discuss basic concepts and principles of engineering surveying and spatial sciences
  2. Perform spatial computations in two and three dimensions
  3. Apply surveying principles in civil and mining engineering works such as setting-out, earthwork calculations, and underground surveying
  4. Apply advanced techniques to perform spatial computations and solve a range of measurements and data management problems
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and teamwork.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 2N 3N 4N 5N )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4N)
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4N)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4N)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I 5N )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO:  3N 4I 5N)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2N 3N 4N 5I)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate, and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Project (applied) - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Surveying for Civil and Mine Engineers (Acquire the Skills in Weeks)

Edition: 2nd (2020)
Authors: John Walker and Joseph L. Awange
Bentley Bentley , WA , Australia
ISBN: 978-3-030-45802-7, 3030458032
Binding: Other

Engineering Surveying

Edition: 6th (2007)
Authors: W. Schofield and M. Breach
Taylor and Francis
London London , United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-0-7506-6949-8
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Textbooks can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. Access may be limited. If you would prefer your own copy, purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

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