Courses & Units

Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences KGG315



It is becoming increasingly important for practicing engineers and scientists to understand the methods employed in spatial mapping and measurement. Global navigation systems such as GPS, airborne photography and airborne laser scanning, the increasing availability of satellite imagery, and modern field surveying instruments provide rich spatial data to support decision making in engineering and the physical sciences. This unit introduces the science, tools and techniques used to make maps of our built and natural environment. Topics include basic skills in plane surveying (coordinate systems, use of minor instruments, levelling, traversing); an introduction to advanced surveying and mapping techniques (shape of the earth, map projections, GPS, photogrammetry, airborne and terrestrial laser scanning, Geographic Information Systems). The application of these methods is examined for a variety of case studies in disciplines such as engineering, architecture, archaeology, and environmental science.


Unit name Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences
Unit code KGG315
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
Teaching staff Doctor Luke Wallace
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire geospatial data through appropriately recording and analysing observations and their errors obtained through the correct use of surveying instruments and surveying methods
  • Explain the principles of working with surveying measurements both on a curved Earth and when represented on maps
  • Describe various terrestrial, airborne and space-based measurement systems used to acquire geospatial data, and assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Propose effective solutions to common engineering or scientific projects by choosing and combining different geospatial datasets.
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

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour tutorial, 1 x 3-hour practical, per week. 

AssessmentModule Quizzes (30%)|Short Essay (25%)|Practical Report Submissions (45%)
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