Module details for 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 a deep understanding of surveying and construction activities; practical application of topographic surveying 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 and data handling techniques and use surveying equipment and software for the completion of a large practical land survey, setting out of construction works, and report preparation.

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

Indicative Content

1 Land Surveying:

Understand various land surveying techniques such as 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 professional report and plan diagrams based on field application of surveying techniques and practice

Preparation of professional 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 80
Assessment 60
Independent 50
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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