Cadastral Surveying 1

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cadastral Surveying 1

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Geography, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SURV 201 or SURV 211

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to New Zealand cadastral surveying procedures and practice, calculations, cadastral data preparation and basic boundary definition.

    This course is a core course for the BSurv, and it establishes a strong background for understanding the NZ cadastral system. SURV 207 provides students with a sound understanding of the practice in basic office and field survey procedures required by present-day NZ cadastral surveyors. The paper also introduces students to cadastral data requirements, data searching techniques and the concept of cadastres, land tenure and land registration systems. Past and present-day cadastral data presentation is studied. There is also an intermediate-level study of computational requirements required by all students, especially those specific to cadastral surveying. SURV 207 is the first of three sequenced cadastral papers and is required in order to progress to the next cadastral course ? SURV 307.

    Course Structure
    The course consists of a variety of cadastral theory lectures and calculation lectures as they pertain to cadastral surveying, as well as practicals and tutorials that teach and reinforce cadastral surveying in the office as well as the field.

    Access to Blackboard is required for information and contact purposes.

    Workload Expectations:
    1.Contact hours
    -39 ? Lectures: 3 hours per week for 13 weeks
    -60 ? Practicals and Tutorials: 5 hours per week for 12 weeks
    -99 ? Sub-total
    2.Non-contact hours
    -54 ? Private study: 1.5 hourrs per lecture/practical and tutorials
    -9 ? Test preparation: 3 hours each for 3 tests
    -16 ? Final exam preparation
    -2 ? Final exam
    -81 ? Sub-total
    3.Total number of hours: 180

    Terms Requirements:

    A minimum weighted average of 45% over the 3 tests is required to gain terms. All practicals/tutorial and drafting exercises must be done to gain terms, bar a maximum of one, including a minimum mark of 50%. If both of these 2 conditions are not attained, you will not be able to sit the final exam. In keeping with School of Surveying policy, there is a requirement to gain a minimum of 40% on the final examination to pass this class.

    1.Internal Assessment
    -Practicals/Tutorials (10) 14%
    -Tests (3) 31%
    -Missing or failed practical/tutorial (1 max): Loss of points for that practical/tutorial and a -3% penalty (or -4% for a pass/fail practical or tutorial)
    -Subtotal: 45%
    2.Final Examination (2 hours duration) 55%
    3.Total: 100%

    Learning Outcomes
    -To learn the historical development of NZ cadastral system
    -To learn the elements of a cadastre and the legacies of the past NZ cadastre ? the Deeds -Register
    -To learn the basic land registration systems and those that are used in NZ
    -To learn the elements of the Torrens system
    -To gain an introduction to Landonline and data searching for LT surveys
    -To learn NZ computer drafting requirements and perform some drafting using cadastral survey software
    -To gain a working knowledge of the projections systems used in NZ cadastral surveys
    -To learn about computations and computational techniques for cadastral surveys
    -To gain a working knowledge of the common fieldwork practices of the NZ field surveyor

    Text books are not required for this course.
    However, a Course Reader must be purchased at the start of the semester from the School of Surveying office for approximately NZ$30. This reader contains the lectures, as well as most of the tutorials and practicals.
    The Land Information New Zealand 'Rules for Cadastral Survey 2010' will be made available to students.

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