Surveying and Construction


Practical application of civil and environmental engineering skills, techniques and knowledge.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with intensive practical experience, over an extended period, in surveying and construction activities; practical application of surveying and setting-out skills, an awareness of the preliminary considerations involved in construction developments and a knowledge of the materials and procedures employed in construction of small commercial/industrial building works.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Apply surveying techniques and use surveying equipment for the completion of a large practical land survey and in the setting out of construction works.

2.  Apply prior understanding of materials,sustainability, safety practice and construction techniques to a example of civil engineering construction.

Indicative Content

1 Land Surveying:

Large area traverse control survey; levelling survey for vertical control; detailed topographical survey using total stations / electronic data capture; computer processing and plot production; calculations for setting out (plan position and vertical control); setting out for small projects.

2 Preparation of profession report and plan diagrams:

Preparation of profession report and plan diagrams based on field application of surveying techniques and practice

3 Construction Practice:

Planning, execution and appraisal for the construction of a civil engineering activity; temporary works; materials and equipment requirements, method statements, resource management, health and safety assessment, sustainability assessment.

4 Professional reporting:

Preparation and professional reporting of engineering practice and outcomes

5 Risk assessment:

Awareness and application of risk assessment and health and safety requirements for all aspects of engineering practice

6 Sustainability considerations:

Awareness and application of sustainability considerations for all aspects of engineering practice

7 Conceptual design

client requirements; scheme design and evaluation

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Delivery through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures are informative and are accompanied by practical sessions for surveying skills and a field trip (to support lecture information on geology, hydrology and geomorphological processes). Assessment by coursework and exam.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 80
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 50

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.