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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Prof. Matt King

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

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



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 031101

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KGG325


Teaching Pattern

2 lectures and 1 tutorial weekly, 3-hr practical fortnightly


3-hr exam (50%), 6 online MyLO quizzes (15%), 5 practicals (35%)

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