KB4023 - Land Surveying

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What will I learn on this module?

Surveying refers to the determination, representation and analysis of the positions of key features in both the natural and built environment. It is a fundamental skill, based on accuracy and precision, that underpins all engineering and construction projects. You will learn this through our introduction to the principles of surveying. In lectures we will explain the theory and concepts of surveying, and help you to develop practical and mathematical surveying skills. We will help you to understand how engineering surveying can contribute to the successful design and completion of engineering projects through discussion in class. Your surveying skills will be developed through practical work. You will start by using automatic levels, learning about booking procedures, error check and calculations. You will then progress by using total stations, collecting angular surveys for key engineering applications and checking, assessing and correcting your work to optimise the survey quality. Finally, we will introduce you to a range of cutting edge, high precision surveying instrumentation such as terrestrial laser scanners and differential GPS. We will take you from data collection, through processing and analysis to interpretation of results.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of our teaching and assessment and your own interaction with these as well as your own efforts based on what we tell you to do and also what you find out yourself. Lectures will introduce the theory, context and applied mathematics used in engineering survey applications, but the module is weighted towards the practical sessions where you gain hands on experience of a range of surveying equipment. Through a series of structured and guided practical sessions based on real word scenarios you will develop skills and gain a working knowledge of automatic levels, total stations and more advanced surveying technologies. By working on series of practical tasks, that progress in terms of detail but work on familiar surroundings around campus, you are able to improve your surveying skills progressively and are taught to reflectively incorporate ways to refine their errors with each practical task; critical self-evaluation is a fundamental element of professional surveying practice and hence is formally included within elements of the module assessment. The learning for this module, as with most surveying applications, is enhanced through group work, which requires teamwork and communication to be developed alongside the technical aspects of the work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Formal academic support will be delivered through both lectures and regular, progressive practical sessions in which students are taken from first principles through to effective, accurate survey data collection, checking and analysis. In addition you are supported by full access to surveying equipment, enabling you to complete, repeat and practice specific elements of the practical assignments at any time. Each practical element is supported with clearly structured support notes provided for each task, enabling independent and self-paced learning. You will be further supported through online material and data collection and processing guides that provided you with a valuable reference resource for later in your professional lives. You can also contact tutors through our open door approach if you have questions outside of the class contact.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Determine positions and levels of points, to an acceptable degree of accuracy, using a range of surveying techniques.
2. Identify the contribution surveying makes to the design, quality, sustainability and successful completion of engineering projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Use surveying equipment effectively, efficiently and to professional standards of skill and safety considerations.
4. Develop and apply teamwork, communication and leadership in order to complete group tasks and address problems solving issues.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. To identify issues and potential causes of error and work effectively to reduce those contributors in future tasks engaging with critical reasoning and reflection.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will take the form of two practical surveying tests (MLO1, 3, 4 & 5), to allow students to demonstrate their competency in using a range of surveying equipment and an end of year examination where students’ understanding of theoretical surveying principles and mathematics will be tested (MLO 1 & 2). Formative and self-assessment will be carried out throughout the modules as students use error checks to identify area of improvement and hone their surveying skills and discuss these with the tutor.





Module abstract

Land surveying includes gaining measurements of the built and the natural environment that are both precise and accurate. Professional surveying skills are required for all construction projects and form the fundamental process by which designs can become a reality. This module introduces the core skills required for all surveying applications, gaining hands on experience and a high level of competency with a range of surveying technologies. The practical and applied focus to this module will enable you to become proficient in automatic levels and total stations and will introduce you to the new technological advances that are leading current research and development in surveying. Working as a team you will undertake a progression of applied survey methods, building your surveying knowledge and expertise and using error checks to reflectively assess an improve your approaches and build your capabilities to support your engineering career..

Course info

UCAS Code H200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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