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I. Subject Specification
1. Basic Data
Module with associated contact hours
1.4 Contact hours
|Type||Hours/week / (days)|
|name||Dr. Szabolcs Rózsa|
|academic rank||Associate professor|
Department of Geodesy and Surveying
1.10 Language of instruction
1.11 Curriculum requirements
Compulsory in Civil Engineering (Pre-engineering) programme
1.13 Effective date
5 February 2020
2. Objectives and learning outcomes
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:
- knows the basic measurements types and units used in engineering surveying,
- has a fundamental understanding of practical geometric, trigonometric and coordinate geometric theories and identities,
- understands the concept of mapping, the fundamentals of reading a map or survey and the overview of solving surveying problems by drafting,
- knows the fundamentals of geometric optics and the basic workings of surveying telescopes,
- knows the basic theory of carrying out measurements with a surveyor’s level
- knows the fundamental theories concerning the Earth’s gravity field and how they can be used in practice,
- has an overview of the physics of circular motion and the effect of the Earth’s rotation in geodetic calculations.
- can solve practical geometric, trigonometric and coordinate geometric problems,
- can use the fundamentals of mapping and drafting to solve basic surveying problems,
- can apply the theories of geometrical optics to determine various properties of the surveying telescope's imaging,
- can take readings with an surveyor's level and do basic calculations with the measurement data,
- can solve problems concerning Newton's law of universal gravitation and centrifugal forces,
- can use the basic theories of dynamics to solve practical problems connected to circular motion.
- follows the fundamental steps of practical problem solving presented by the instructor,
- aims to compute results in a precise and unambiguous way,
- actively prepares for the classes by revising the study material.
D. Autonomy and Responsibility
- is prepared to work alone or in a group if necessary,
- is responsible to clear up any misunderstanding concerning the study material with the instructor,
- is intent on applying a systematic approach to solving surveying problems
- is prepared to recognize and correct errors
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|
|3.||Trigonometrical height determination with instruments|
|4.||Coordinate geometry, Cartesian and polar coordinates systems|
|8.||Detailed point measurements with levelling instrument|
|9.||Contour lines and surveying drafts|
|10.||Electromagnetic waves, prisms|
|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
- Nathan Altshiller Court: College Geometry (recommended)
- Michael Sullivan: Algebra & Trigonometry (9th edition) (recommended)
- Jearl Walker, David Halliday, Robert Resnick: Fundamentals of Physics (10th edition)(recommended)
2.6 Other information
- Attendance to lectures is compulsory. The signature and credits from the subject will be refused to students missing more than 30% of the classes.
- 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.
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.
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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.
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 deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject’s website.
3.3 Evaluation system
|Total achievable during the semester||60||100%|
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)
|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
- 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
|preparation for the courses||14×1=14|
|preparation for the tests||2×15=30|
|home studying of the written material||10|
3.8 Effective date
1 September 2020
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