Core Module Information
Module title: Engineering Surveying

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR07105
Module leader: James Leak
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

1 INTRODUCTION: general principles and methods used in surveying with particular reference to those relevant to the design and construction of engineering projects;
2 MATHEMATICS FOR SURVEYING: an overview of the mathematical methods used in surveying including trigonometry, geometry, co-ordinate systems, areas and volumes;
3 MEASUREMENT: measuring distance, heights and angles;
4 LEVELLING: types of levels, levelling procedures and practice, booking methods, precision and source of errors
5 THEODOLITES AND TOTAL STATIONS: an introduction to the operation and use of theodolites and total stations;
6 CONTROL SURVEYS: traverse surveys and computations; co-ordinate calculations;
7 SETTING OUT: methods for setting out structures, services and earthworks for position and level;
8 AREAS AND VOLUMES: methods for calculating areas and volumes;
9 MODERN SURVEY METHODS: GNSS, robotic total stations, laser scanning, machine control and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: understand the importance of surveying before, during and after the construction stages of an engineering project;
LO2: demonstrate competence in the use of standard surveying instruments;
LO3: demonstrate a competence in the computation of fieldwork observations;
LO4: appreciate the significance of GNSS and modern surveying techniques;
LO5: understand the setting out techniques used in civil engineering;
LO6: appreciate the health and safety aspects in relation to site surveys.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Leak
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 25 LO2, LO3 8 HOURS= 02.00
Practical Skills Assessment 25 LO2, LO3, LO5 11 HOURS= 02.00
Class Test 50 LO1-LO6 13 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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