Courses & Units

Surveying 2 KGG220


Students are required to purchase a scientific programmable calculator (e.g. HP50g) and associated Quickclose computational programs for this unit. Purchasing options will be outlined in week 1.


KGG220 continues from KGG255, developing a broader knowledge relating to the use and application of precise instrumentation and measurement methodologies in the fields of spatial information sciences and surveying.

This unit develops students' skills in using optical levels and electronic total stations and provides experience in a range of precision survey techniques using these instruments. Survey methodologies, instrument calibration and computational requirements for precise levelling, trigonometric heighting, resection, traversing and detail surveying are examined both in lectures and in practical experiences. Students will use hand-held calculators (HP50g) and Neo software to reduce field observations and create survey plans from their practical work. The unit will also introduce students to the concepts and methodologies required to present and interpret survey data referenced to the Map Grid of Australia (MGA).


Unit name Surveying 2
Unit code KGG220
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Luke Wallace
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

About Census Dates

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of survey equipment and methodologies to capture spatial data.
  • Evaluate survey data using manual, computer and calculator-based computations and processing techniques
  • Evaluate a range of survey procedures by relating them to published standards
  • Explain and implement coordinate transformations within the reduction of survey data
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031101 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.





Teaching Pattern

2x2-hr lecture weekly, 1x3-hr practical weekly and 1x1-hr tutorial weekly

AssessmentPractical Test (15%)|Report 1 (20%)|Report 2 (20%)|Computational Assignment (15%)|Quizzes (30%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.