BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Sciences

Surveying and mapping

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  • Core Modules

    Mental wealth; Professional Life

    The module will introduce key knowledge and skills required for your success in higher education, communication and interpersonal life skills for academic and professional purposes. The module is designed to provide guidance in order to become independent learner, effectively reflect and take necessary actions for professional success. The module will also aid you to build your confidence as a learner, enabling you to identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and how you can build their skills for the future.


    Analytical Mathematics

    The main aims of this module are to prepare you for L4 study by developing the mathematical abilities required for understanding engineering and be able to apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems.


    Engineering Sciences

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an elementary knowledge and understanding of the physical concepts relating to materials, electricity and simple structures used in engineering.


    Mathematical Applications

    The main aims of this module are to prepare you for L4 study by developing the mathematical abilities required for understanding engineering and be able to apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems.


    Physical Sciences

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an elementary knowledge and understanding of the physical concepts relating to second moment of area, sound, light, thermodynamics and work and energy systems used in engineering.


    Introduction to Computing

    The module equips you with an understanding of computing principles and an understanding of the fundamentals of hardware and software, which can provide an opportunity for you to gain appreciation of the practical skills involved in computer systems. It helps  you develop a better understanding of computations to solve problems, analysing problems and procedures, and a better understanding of algorithms, languages and programming. It provides an opportunity to you to understand the connections between the different areas of computing.

  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    This module aims to develop students' core competencies to form the basis of future competencies development throughout the programme of study. In this module, the students would consolidate their Construction / Engineering knowledge and skills for practical applications, and develop their awareness of impacts on the environment, commerce, society and individual brought about by various construction and engineering activities.


    The Built Environment

    The aim of the module is to appreciate the factors, organisation and professional disciplines involved in the planning, design, development and in-use of the built environment facility.


    Construction Technology

    This module involves exploring the choices for materials, systems and techniques used in the construction of typical domestic and industrial/commercial building. The module also looks at building design and performance particularly with respect to the selection of materials for construction purposes. It also covers sustainability issues affecting the condition of existing buildings, and their maintenance and adaptation. It will also enable the development of spatial skills in producing and understanding graphical forms of communication used in construction.


    Land and Construction Surveying

    This module introduces you to geospatial surveying practices, principles and procedures for civil engineering and construction projects. The module develops skills in using modern surveying instrumentation to enable 3-dimensional position of features to be determined and for the quality of those positions to be known. The processes for determining vertical height (level) as well as horizontal position (by measuring angles and distances) will be studied. On completion of this module, students will be able to carry out survey data collection using a range of equipment and will appreciate the role of the surveyor and the role of survey data for construction purposes.


    Analytical Skills in Built Environment

    The main aim of this module is to develop your skills and understanding, of the numerical and mathematical techniques which underpin civil engineering, construction and surveying disciplines. At the end of this module you should possess the core knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics which can be applied to data analysis, presentation and problem solving. This module also aims to equip you with the CAD skills which will enable you to manipulate and process data numerically, graphically and spatially.


    GIS & Mapping

    This module provides an overview of the key concepts and practises of geographical information systems and of mapping data collection. GIS software are used to analyse geospatial data sets and to present smaller scale mapping Information. The module also focuses on the issues of large-scale spatial data collection related to, scale, quality and 2D and 3D data presentation. At the end of this module students should possess both the theoretical and practical skills which will enable them to manipulate and present data using GIS techniques and to processes and present large-scale detail survey data. This module includes a residential field scheme which takes place away from the university.

  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    This module builds on the L4 Mental Wealth: Professional Life module to further develop students' competencies to form the basis of their future careers. In this module, the students will undertake feasibility studies with reference to human, financial, logistical resources to realise a product/service. The module will further develop the students' self-awareness, interpersonal and negotiation skills through team work and mentoring.


    Contract Procedures

    • To provide an understanding of the UK legal system, legal process, institutional structures in application to the construction process in terms of contract performance, obligations, tort and statutory requirements, in the professional environment of construction management, surveying and information management.
    • To comprehend the legal obligations and procedures associated with contracts, letting, employment, equality, design, development and health and safety, and to apply legal principles to practical problems.

    Engineering Surveying

    This module develops your understanding and theoretical knowledge of applied techniques within engineering surveying. You will develop your ability to devise solutions to measurement problems and to evaluate the results and the systems performance in an engineering context. Students on this module will hence investigate and apply measurement techniques and systems in order to solve engineering surveying problems.

    This module includes a residential field scheme which takes place away from the university.


    Ground Engineering

    Any construction project at any scale begins with groundworks. For the success of groundworks, Civil Engineers need to have a fair understanding of engineering geology (i.e. earth science for engineers), soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and materials used in transforming the natural ground to the engineered ground through reinforcement and/or stabilisation, so too the benefits and costs (technical and environmental) of groundwork solutions.

    This module is designed for you to gain a thorough understanding of engineering geology (earth processes, geological structures, ground hazards and engineering implications), soil mechanics (physical, hydraulic and mechanical properties), and soil as a construction material in form of compacted ground or reinforced compacted ground (i.e. accompanied with physical/chemical additives).

    This module builds on stability analysis topics of study that are embedded in the Level 4 Engineering Mechanics module. This module also builds on the Level 4 Engineering Materials; the emphasis here will be on materials in ground engineering discipline.


    3D Data Modelling and Analysis

    This module examines the concepts, methodologies and techniques of acquiring and modelling 3D data. The principles of 3D ground models based on grid and triangulated structures are investigated as techniques for representing and analysing terrain and other surfaces. The principles of Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Photogrammetry, and Satellite Remote Sensing are examined as techniques for data acquisition. The techniques and limitations of 3D data, representation and modelling via digital terrain models, point clouds 3D surfaces are analysed.


    GNSS & Reference Systems

    This module develops students understanding of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Geodetic control networks and the relevance of the shape, size and the gravitation field of the earth in solving surveying and mapping problems.

    This module provides an understanding of the mathematical treatment of errors for the analysis and solution of position. The use of Geodetic Reference Systems to describe position. At the end of this module students should also have an appreciation for gravity and its role in surveying.


    Employment Internship

    The aim of this module is to enable you to integrate the skills and knowledge, you have acquired during the programme to produce reflections on and solutions to realistic work based problems set within a real working environment.

  • Core Modules

    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    The aim of this module is to develop students' awareness of the importance of linking Project management with professional life practice. It will prepare students to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution by further developing the skills and knowledge. The key areas are as digital environment, ethics, and sustainability; preparing them to become world-class professional managers who are able to support their practice with theoretical understanding, so that they can be innovative and push the barriers of technical excellence safely and sustainably.

    The module is designed around the construction and surveying knowledge and skills and professional practice modules at L4 and L5 by integrating theory with practice through industry-relevant live projects. 

    This will be accomplished by placing students in a multi-disciplinary project group (to reflect the range of disciplines.

    It will explore the feasibility and design development of practical scheme(s) in terms of technical, ethical, legal, financial and quality matters. The module will build upon the core mental wealth/professional practice-based modules offered at L4 and L5 that introduce students to among others, digital proficiency, industry connections and intelligent development (emotional, social & physical) and in doing so helps equip them with the fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams. 


    Capstone Project

    The main aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills to carry out and report research in order to consolidate the knowledge gained in other modules in a chosen field of study, combine it with the published knowledge of others, investigate it practically and report your findings.


    Land Law and Registration

    This module develops students understand of legal systems in practice and their link to the operation of effective land management systems. The link between land measurement and land management. Is explored. Students will examine the role surveying, cadastral systems and land registration play in land management. Students will also examine the concept of the land parcel as a fundamental unit in land administration. This module will allow students to examine and evaluate the inter-relationship between land ownership, land policy, land management, the economy, the environment and society. Participants of this module will analyse and assess issues around cadastral and land reform.


    Professional Geospatial Practice

    This module investigates the principles of organisation and management with an emphasis on Geospatial professional practice.

    It focuses on developing the student’s appreciation of the role of the professional, professional conduct and ethics within the work environment. The relationship and responsibilities of the client and contractor for geospatial contracts, together with specification and method statements and associated health, safety and environment requirements are explored.

    The module will incorporate a number of guest speakers from a range of organisations including professional bodies, contracting companies and clients.


    Sea Surveying

    This module builds an appreciation for the natural elements and problems of surveying at sea. It develops the student’s knowledge and understanding of the requirements of mapping and measurement in the marine environment.

    Students will investigate the applications of sea surveying, including navigation charts and engineering applications in the hydro-carbon, renewable energy and communications industries.

    The principles of measurement at sea and associated sources of error utilised in instrumentation used to determine position and depth is studied. The physical properties and processes of the sea is examined and methods of data collection and processing in the offshore environment discussed.




Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.