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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 01/07/2022 09:29:26

Title of Module: Digital Surveying & Field Experience

Code: ENGG08015 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Djamalddine  Boumezerane

Summary of Module

This module is intended to give students the knowledge and skills to plan and practice surveying on construction sites. The module includes lectures and site work.

Students will learn about plane surveying; maps and plans; the work of the Ordnance Survey; surveying frameworks and detail surveys.

The use of tapes, theodolites, and levels are covered. Students develop skills to record their measurements, interpret them and the ability to assess the accuracy of their work. 

Students will learn to establishing survey control frameworks by use of trilateration, traversing and triangulation. The students are introduced to National Grid and local co-ordinate systems in conjunction with the theory and use of Global Positioning Systems.

The presentation of information by plans, sections and analytical results is covered to develop communication skills. The theory and use of Geographical Information Systems are covered.

Digital techniques of surveying such as 3D scanning and Robotic Theodolites will be reviewed.

Students learn to apply their skills to setting out and monitoring of buildings, sewers, and road construction. Included in this is the determination of areas and volumes, resection and the layout of curves.

Besides teaching and learning on campus the course includes a multi-day surveying field course. This involves significant use of the theodolite and level, analysis of results and preparation of drawings.

This module will support students to develop their UWS graduate attributes, namely: Academic (critical and anyltical thinking, inquiring, knowledgeable, innovation, and problem solving); Personal (effective communicator, creative, imaginative); Professional (Collaborative, research-minded, and socially responsible).

  • To develop an understanding and skill in the the calculation procedures used for civil engineering surveying

  • To provide the opportunity for students to become competent users of civil engineering surveying equipment

  • To give students experience of working in a team to undertake civil engineering surveying

  • To give students experience in preparing civil engineering survey drawings

  • To expose students to digital techniques for surveying and setting out.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. To gather, analyse and present construction survey information.

L2. To analyse construction situations and then determine and provide setting out solutions.

L3. To develop skills in the use of surveying equipment.

L4. To work in a team and complete surveying tasks

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

• Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of essential facts and principles of surveying especially the use of levels and theodolites.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

• Develop practical surveying skills using the level and theodolite.

• Be able to survey a framework, analyse and correct it as necessary and then set out works within this framework

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

• Be able to apply appropriate quantitative mathematical tools to the analysis of surveying problems.

• Ability to define a problem and identify constraints.

• Ability to obtain, interpret and apply the results of a detail survey.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

• Develop transferable skills in communication especially the communication of surveying information in drawings.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

• Lab and field work is undertaken in groups to encourage team skills.

• Autonomy and accountability are encouraged by setting absolute standards for the accuracy of the survey that must be met.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, laboratories and a field experience over several days.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop32
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Various handout material and materials on the University's VLE.
Irvine, W. and Maclennan F., "Surveying for Construction", 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2006.
The University's VLE.

Extension Resources: Consultation of the under noted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

Schofield, W., "Engineering Surveying", 4th Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorShakun Paudel
External ExaminerK Tota-Maharaj
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment Category 1: (Courseworks will consist of assignments and lab exercises) Courseworks 30%
Assessment Category 2: (Field Experience on a simulated construction site) Courseworks 20%
Assessment Category 3: Examination 50% . Due to Covid 19 Adaptive Assessment might replace exam.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark 105
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark 200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Design/ Diagram/ Drawing/ Photograph/ Sketchcheck markcheck markcheck mark 50
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark103
Presentationcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark51

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 11 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and field week.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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