ENAR12005 - Surveying and Mapping

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to civil and mine surveying and mapping techniques. It outlines the practice in plane and geodetic surveying, measurements of distances, elevations and angles are considered. Students are expected to develop an understanding of and a capability in surveying methods which include triangulation, traversing and transfer of true meridian to an underground base. Surveys include civil and open cut and underground mines. Concepts are introduced in relation to automated survey instruments, errors and survey adjustments and computerised processing of survey data and the teamwork and communication skills necessary to implement such systems in the civil construction and mining industries. Distance Education (Flex) students will be required to attend a residential school to promote development of unit learning outcomes.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MATH11160 Technology Mathematics or MATH11218 Engineering Foundation 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2023

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 10%

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

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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.

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Practical task was interesting and it helps to understand the basic concepts used in surveying
The practical tasks in the course were well received by students. All good aspects of the practical task will continue in following years.
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Feedback was provided late
This will be managed carefully in coming years
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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.
  2. Carry out basic surveying and mapping activities such as measurement of ground elevation (levelling), angle and distance measurements and detailed surveying using appropriate surveying equipment.
  3. Select and apply appropriate computing techniques to analyse and/or process the surveying field measurements/data.
  4. Apply surveying principles in civil and mining engineering works such as setting-out, earth work calculations and underground surveying.
  5. Explain the concepts and techniques used in mass surveying and use of latest technology in surveying.
  6. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers, Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)