Module code: ENG2105

Module Overview

Engineering Surveying

This part of the module provides an overview of geospatial surveying methods essential for civil engineering and construction projects, covering vertical height determination, horizontal position measurement through angles and distances, and utilisation of modern surveying instruments for accurate 3-dimensional feature positioning. Students will acquire skills in survey data collection with various equipment, understanding the significance of surveyor roles and the importance of accurate data for construction applications.

Health and Safety

This part of the module aims to elucidate UK/EU Health & Safety legislation, regulations, and best practices essential for managing engineering projects effectively. It will cover the utilisation of method statements for hazard identification and the implementation of risk assessment techniques to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate potential risks. Additionally, the concept of holistic security will be explored, emphasising the comprehensive consideration of various security dimensions, such as physical, digital, personnel, and procedural measures, to mitigate risks effectively.

Module provider

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader

FUNARI Marco (Sust & CEE)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 80

Lecture Hours: 15

Seminar Hours: 2

Tutorial Hours: 6

Laboratory Hours: 3

Practical/Performance Hours: 12

Guided Learning: 32

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Engineering Surveying

  • Scope and use of surveying in Civil Engineering to include an understanding of errors, accuracy and precision of measurements; how to measure angles, distances and heights and calculating coordinates.

  • Scope and use of Automatic Level and Total Station.

  • Scope and use of  GPS (Global Positioning System) and HDS (High Definition Surveying) capabilities.

  • Setting up control, linking to national and local grid systems.

  • Design and calculation of horizontal and vertical road alignments incorporating superelevation, circular and transition curves and associated setting out methods including intersection, resection and the use of GPS (Global Positioning System).  Areas and volumes in association with earthworks costing and detail surveying.

Health and Safety

  • UK Health & Safety Law & EU Directives including: Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), Corporate Manslaughter, and the Corporate Homicide Act (2007), the Health & Safety Executive, and role of case law and implications for construction organisations.

  • Health & Safety Regulations including: Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (2015), Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (2013).

  • Management and administration of Health & Safety policies for construction organisations.

  • Method statements, hazard identification and risk assessment & management.

  • Security risks identification from various sources.



Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test ENGINEERING SURVEYING - CLASS TEST (90 minutes) 25
Practical based assessment ENGINEERING SURVEYING - ADVANCED EXERCISE (4 hours) 25
School-timetabled exam/test H&S + Security - CLASS TEST (60 minutes) 10
Coursework H&S - COURSEWORK 15

Alternative Assessment

Individual essay for the advanced exercise and practical test.  

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of the module content in relation to both closed and open-ended problems. Assessment will be made against (FHEQ Level 5) University Grade Descriptors.

Summative assessment and feedback:

The summative assessment of the module is founded on 5 Units of Assessment:

UoA 1: ENGINEERING SURVEYING - CLASS TEST (90 minutes). [Learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3]


UoA 3: ENGINEERING SURVEYING - ADVANCED EXERCISE (4 hours). [Learning outcomes 1 and 2]

UoA 4: H&S + Security - CLASS TEST (60 minutes). [Learning outcomes 5 and 6]

UoA 5: H&S - COURSEWORK. [Learning outcomes 7]

Each Unit of Assessment will provide clear guidance on the contribution of marks that it makes to the overall assessment and the learning outcomes being assessed. Students will receive detailed feedback on the summative assessment through written comments on their submission along with suggestions on how their work might be improved. A feedback session will be held within 3 weeks of the return of the marks and feedback for each Unit of Assessment. This will provide students with the opportunity to explore and discuss the written feedback with the appropriate academic.

Formative assessment and feedback:

Over the course of the module students will have the opportunity to assess their understanding of the module content through a range of closed and open-ended problems. They will have the opportunity for formative feedback through group and individual discussion in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions with the academic team. Students will also receive learning support and formative feedback via the discussion facility provided by SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • An understanding of UK Health and safety laws and regulations and the requirements of good health and safety practice in the management of civil engineering projects and associated works.
  • An appreciation of risk assessment and management through method statements, hazard identification and methods by which associated risks can be removed, reduced or mitigated.
  • Proficiency in the use of standard surveying instruments, associated booking techniques and calculations.
  • An introduction to control requirements for a civil engineering contract and how to achieve them using national and local coordinate systems.
  • Strategies for setting out structures and roads including preparation of setting out data.
  • An introduction to GPS (Global Positioning System), Laser Scanning and Digital Photogrammetry and their use in construction.
  • An understanding to what holistic security means in the context of risk mitigation.
  • An introduction to what cyber security is in protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
005 Understanding the framework underpinning UK Health & Safety law and regulations (including the role and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Executive) and the implications of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (2015) including the roles and activities of the various parties and required Health & Safety communication documentation. KCP
007 Understanding how to develop a risk assessment for civil engineering work. Identify the key hazards and, using a suitable risk assessment approach, propose methods by which any associated risks might be removed, reduced or mitigated. KCPT
001 Understanding how to use contemporary surveying equipment in the field to take appropriate measurements and know how to book and reduce those measurements (total stations, automatic levels). KPT
002 Have developed an understanding of the practicalities of field surveying including the importance of establishing control for engineering works, both horizontal and vertical. KPT
003 Understanding how GPS (Global Positioning System), Laser Scanning and Digital Photogrammetry work. KPT
004 Understanding how to manage a Laser Scanner model (Point Cloud) and transform it into a CAD model (2D or 3D). KCPT
006 Understanding what holistic security means in the context of risk mitigation. Explain that it involves considering all security aspects, including physical, digital, personnel, and procedural measures. KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for the module is designed to provide FHEQ Level 5 students with an exposure to, and an appreciation of, the principles and application of Engineering Surveying theory and practice, and the legal and regulatory Health & Safety practice required when undertaking engineering activities and projects.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  1. Lectures and supporting learning material to provide a firm understanding of the relevant theory and background knowledge needed by a Civil Engineer required to undertake engineering activities.

  2. Tutorials to provide students with the opportunity to review and expand their knowledge and understanding of the learning material through both peer-to-peer working and independent study.

  3. Practical sessions where the application of knowledge will be applied to solving a real problem that requires the hands-on use of appropriate equipment, working both individually and in groups.

  4. Coursework will be used to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the taught material and apply it to the solution of both closed and open-ended problems.

  5. Class tests will be used to provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding the theoretical parts of the module.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Surrey's Curriculum Framework is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: Health and Safety was introduced to students in Integrated Design 1 ENG1077 and will be further discussed in this module. Health and Safety knowledge is required for civil engineers in industry, hence this module could improve students' Employability. The knowledge will be used by the students undertaking Professional Training Year after Level 5. Also, helpful for the students undertaking experimental research for their Individual Project ENG3135. Engineering Surveying is also a useful skill for civil engineers, improving the students' Employability.

Digital Capabilities: Digital Total Station and 3D Laser Scanner will be used in Engineering Surveying, hence improving the students' Digital Capabilities. Furthermore, CAD software will be adopted to create 2D or 3D models of surveyed assets.

Resourcefulness and Resilience: All practical sessions will be undertaken in groups, so the students will develop an awareness of the value of compassion, trust and empathy during group work. Students will also receive feedback during the practical sessions for leveling and traverse, so they could improve their performance in the advanced exercise.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.