Subject Datasheet

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I. Subject Specification

1. Basic Data
1.1 Title
Basic Surveying
1.2 Code
1.3 Type
Module with associated contact hours
1.4 Contact hours
Type Hours/week / (days)
Lecture 4
1.5 Evaluation
Midterm grade
1.6 Credits
1.7 Coordinator
name Dr. Szabolcs Rózsa
academic rank Associate professor
1.8 Department
Department of Geodesy and Surveying
1.9 Website
1.10 Language of instruction
1.11 Curriculum requirements
Compulsory in Civil Engineering (Pre-engineering) programme
1.12 Prerequisites
1.13 Effective date
5 February 2020

2. Objectives and learning outcomes
2.1 Objectives
The objective of the course is to give a solid basis for the BSc surveying courses present in the Civil Engineering programme. This includes a general overview of the fundamental measurements and their units used in engineering surveying; the basic structures and identities concerning geometry, trigonometry and coordinate-geometry; the fundamentals of mapping, reading maps and surveying drafts; basic knowledge about geometrical optics and telescopes; essential theories concerning the Earth’s gravity field and the fundamentals of dynamics and circular motion.
2.2 Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student:
A. Knowledge
  1. knows the basic measurements types and units used in engineering surveying,
  2. has a fundamental understanding of practical geometric, trigonometric and coordinate geometric theories and identities,
  3. understands the concept of mapping, the fundamentals of reading a map or survey and the overview of solving surveying problems by drafting,
  4. knows the fundamentals of geometric optics and the basic workings of surveying telescopes,
  5. knows the basic theory of carrying out measurements with a surveyor’s level
  6. knows the fundamental theories concerning the Earth’s gravity field and how they can be used in practice,
  7. has an overview of the physics of circular motion and the effect of the Earth’s rotation in geodetic calculations.
B. Skills
  1. can solve practical geometric, trigonometric and coordinate geometric problems,
  2. can use the fundamentals of mapping and drafting to solve basic surveying problems,
  3. can apply the theories of geometrical optics to determine various properties of the surveying telescope's imaging,
  4. can take readings with an surveyor's level and do basic calculations with the measurement data,
  5. can solve problems concerning Newton's law of universal gravitation and centrifugal forces,
  6. can use the basic theories of dynamics to solve practical problems connected to circular motion.
C. Attitudes
  1. follows the fundamental steps of practical problem solving presented by the instructor,
  2. aims to compute results in a precise and unambiguous way,
  3. actively prepares for the classes by revising the study material.
D. Autonomy and Responsibility
  1. is prepared to work alone or in a group if necessary,
  2. is responsible to clear up any misunderstanding concerning the study material with the instructor,
  3. is intent on applying a systematic approach to solving surveying problems
  4. is prepared to recognize and correct errors
2.3 Methods
Lectures and solving relevant computational exercises during the lessons with the guidance of the instructor and the supplied online study material
2.4 Course outline
Week Topics of lectures and/or exercise classes
1. Introduction, measurement units, angles
2. Trigonometrical computations
3. Trigonometrical height determination with instruments
4. Coordinate geometry, Cartesian and polar coordinates systems
5. Intersections
6. Area computations
7. Engineering levelling
8. Detailed point measurements with levelling instrument
9. Contour lines and surveying drafts
10. Electromagnetic waves, prisms
11. Geometrical optics
12. Circular motion, dynamics
13. The Earth's gravity field
14. Gravitation and heights

The above programme is tentative and subject to changes due to calendar variations and other reasons specific to the actual semester. Consult the effective detailed course schedule of the course on the subject website.
2.5 Study materials
a) Textbooks:
  1. Nathan Altshiller Court: College Geometry (recommended)
  2. Michael Sullivan: Algebra & Trigonometry (9th edition) (recommended)
  3. Jearl Walker, David Halliday, Robert Resnick: Fundamentals of Physics (10th edition)(recommended)
b) Online materials:
  1. Lecture notes (
2.6 Other information
  1. Attendance to lectures is compulsory. The signature and credits from the subject will be refused to students missing more than 30% of the classes.
  2. Students are evaluated based on their actual individual performance. Students are required to show evidence of their own knowledge and skills. Submitting a work of others, obtaining or giving unauthorized help (e.g. during an exam or test) cheating and plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. Whoever violates the respective Regulations of the University will be given a failing grade (1), without the possibility of retake and repeat, and will be reported to the Dean’s Office.
2.7 Consultation

The instructors are available for consultation during their office hours, as advertised on the department website. Special appointments can be requested via sending an e-mail to the lecturers.

This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
2021/2022 semester II

II. Subject requirements

Assessment and evaluation of the learning outcomes
3.1 General rules
The assessment of the learning outcomes specified in clause 2.2. above is based on
  • 2 control tests,
  • 1 homework assignments.
One of the control tests can be repeated, if necessary. The available time for solving the tests is 90 minutes.
3.2 Assessment methods
Evaluation form Abbreviation Assessed learning outcomes
1. control test CT1 A.1-A.3; B.1-B.2; C.1-C.3
2. control test CT2 A.4, A.6-A.7; B.3, B.5-B.6;C.1-C.3
homework assignment HW A.4-A.5; B.4; C.1-C.3; D.1-D.4
The dates of midterm tests and deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject's website.
The dates of deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject’s website.
3.3 Evaluation system
Abbreviation Point Score
CT1 20 33.3%
CT2 20 33.3%
HW 20 33.3%
Total achievable during the semester 60 100%
Sum 60 100%
There is no minimum point threshold for any of the control tests or homework. In order to pass the subject, the student has to achieve at least 50% of the total achievable points (30 points).
3.4 Requirements and validity of signature
There is no signature from the subject.
3.5 Grading system
The subject is successfully accomplished if:
  • the total number of points from the two control tests and the homework is at least 50% percent of the total achievable points (i.e. 30 points)
Grade Points (P)
excellent (5) 48 ≤ P(80% ≤ P)
good (4) 42 ≤ P< 48(70%≤ P < 80%)
satisfactory (3) 36 ≤ P < 42(60% ≤ P < 70%)
passed (2) 30 ≤ P < 36(50% ≤ P < 60%)
failed (1) P < 30(P < 50%)
3.6 Retake and repeat
  1. The control tests and homework are not compulsory, but 50% has to be achieved from the total points. One of the 2 tests can be retaken, if necessary.
3.7 Estimated workload
contact hours14×4=56
preparation for the courses14×1=14
preparation for the tests2×15=30
home studying of the written material10
3.8 Effective date
1 September 2020
This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
2021/2022 semester II