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APG1016F Geomatics I
APG2014S Geomatics II
APG2015F Geographic information systems I
APG2016W Surveying I
APG2017X Basic survey camp
APG2018X Geographic information systems camp
APG2019X Practical training I
APG2026F Elementary surveying
APG2026S Construction surveying
APG3011S Geographic information systems II
APG3012S Geomatics III
APG3013F Numerical methods in Geomatics
APG3014X Control survey camp
APG3015X Practical training II
APG3016C Surveying II
APG3017D Surveying III
APG3027Z Cadastral survey & registration projects
APG3033W Land & cadastral survey law
APG4001S Geodesy
APG4002Z Land use planning & township design
APG4003Z Research project
APG4005F Engineering surveying & adjustment
APG4007F Principles of GIS
APG4008S Advanced GIS
APG4009F Computing for GIS
APG4010X Geoinformatics camp
APG4011F Geomatics IV
APG4012S Geomatics management & professionalism

 

COURSE APG1016F GEOMATICS 1                                                                                                  CREDITS: 18
CONVENOR Mr Simon Hull (Room 5.08)
AIMS Introduction to Geomatics, principles of measurement science, geometry of spatial measurement, spatial data, reference systems and datums, coordinate systems, projections, spatial computations on the plane, surveying principles and instrumentation, representation of spatial data in two dimensions, interpretation of maps and plans in three dimensions, surveying software, spreadsheets, introduction to fields of Geomatics and integrated systems.
OUTCOMES

After completing this module the student should be able to: place Geomatics into the overall framework of engineering and science; understand the role and relevance of Geomatics in society and environment; understand spatial relationships; conduct basic measurements and reductions; perform basic computations using a variety of methods including hand calculation, use of hand calculators, use of spreadsheets, and through design and writing of simple programmes; understand the fundamental principles of measurement science.

 

COURSE APG2014S GEOMATICS II                                                                                                 CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR Dr Ramesh Govind (Room 504.3)
AIMS This course builds further upon the introduction to co-ordinate systems provided in Geomatics I, and extends it to cover adjustments, 3-D co-ordinate systems and time variations.  The student is also introduced to the method of least squares as a means of solving over-determined systems of equations, with applications in co-ordinate transformations.
OUTCOMES On completion of this course the student should have a good understanding of the complexities of co-ordinate systems and be able to make informed choices of a suitable co-ordinate system. The student should be able to carry out transformations and least squares parametric adjustments.

 

COURSE APG2015F GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I                                                        CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR Mr Simon Hull (Room 5.08)
AIMS To provide knowledge and skills in the fundamental concepts of geographic information systems.
OUTCOMES After completing this module students should be able to demonstrate understanding and skills in the theory and practice underlying: basic cartography, spatial data & databases, map projections, GIS data input, and GIS analysis.

 

COURSE APG2016W SURVEYING I                                                                                                 CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR Mr Simon Hull (Room 5.08)
AIMS This course is designed for students of Geomatics to provide understanding of graphical and spatial concepts and skills of plane surveying measurement and calculation. To teach problem solving skills in relation to practical surveying problems. To equip the student with group work skills. To equip the student with technical report writing skills.
OUTCOMES After completing this course the student should be able to demonstrate understanding of graphical and spatial concepts, collect spatial data, calculate and reduce horizontal data to the mapping plane and height data to sea level, present the results in a suitable format; solve various plane surveying problems by rigorous calculation, work in a team; produce technical reports and comment on accuracies achieved.

 

COURSE APG2017X BASIC SURVEY CAMP                                                                                      CREDITS: 4
CONVENOR Mr Simon Hull (Room 5.08)
AIMS To consolidate knowledge and skills learnt in the course. To further teach problem solving skills in relation to practical surveying problems, and to equip the student with group work skills and engender tolerance of diversity. To equip the student with simple technical report writing skills.
OUTCOMES After completing this module the student should be able to: perform basic transformations of co-ordinates in a small area, survey a site and produce a site plan on the national control survey system with heights above mean sea level using traversing, levelling, and tacheometry. The student will also be able to work in a team, produce technical reports and comment on accuracies achieved in relation to instrumentation and data processing methods used. Students will have greater experience in solving plane surveying problems creatively and innovatively.
SYLLABUS This 1-week camp in the field, is intended for students studying for the Geomatics degree. The camp is project based with the main emphasis on basic survey operations, including traverse, tacheometry and levelling, with the preparation of a site plan. Other tasks may be performed in addition to the above and will vary from year to year.

 

COURSE APG2018X GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS CAMP                                                CREDITS: 4
CONVENOR A/Professor Julian Smit (Room 5.04.2)
AIMS To consolidate knowledge and skills learnt in the course GIS I. To further teach problem solving skills in relation to practical GIS problems, and to equip the student with group work skills and engender tolerance of diversity.
OUTCOMES

After completing this module the student should be able to: acquire base data for a GIS; layout and design a GIS project; combine data of different origin such as digitised line maps, images, GPS data, and social data. Students will have greater experience in creating Information Systems and foresee problem areas which should be addressed creatively and innovatively.

 

COURSE APG2019X PRACTICAL TRAINING I                                                                                   CREDITS: 0
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To consolidate knowledge and skills learnt in the course APG2016W.
To equip the student with skills relating to the workplace, which may include: group work, professional communication skills, office procedures, timekeeping, logistical planning, organisational skills and administrative procedures.
OUTCOMES After completing this practical training module the student should be able to: carry out basic technical surveying operations in the field; perform basic surveying calculations and office operations. The student should understand the process of a survey from the initial client liaison through to final delivery. The student should have an understanding of the following: the importance of timekeeping, communication norms and procedures within the survey team and with other professionals, care and maintenance of equipment.

 

COURSE APG3011S GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II                                                     CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR A/Professor Julian Smit (Room 5.04.2)
AIMS To provide knowledge, skills and understanding of advanced geographic information science.
OUTCOMES By the end of this course the student should have developed the knowledge and skills required to design and implement specialised GIS applications and an understanding of the theory, capabilities and limitations of various spatial analysis and optimisation techniques. Furthermore the student should be aware of graphic design and presentation methods and have a grasp of some of the algorithms that are used in digital mapping.

 

COURSE APG3012S GEOMATICS III                                                                                               CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR A/Professor Julian Smit (Room 5.04.2)
AIMS To provide fundamental knowledge and skills in remote sensing and photogrammetry. To teach problem solving skills in relation to practical spatial data acquisition and management. To equip the student with group working skills.
OUTCOMES

After completing this module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and understanding of the physical principles of optical remote sensing, select the correct approach for spatial prediction models, evaluate issues of computer processing of imagery;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of airborne laser scanning as a primary data acquisition tool;
  • Demonstrate and understanding of photogrammetric principles related to: project planning, sensor orientation and calibration, image measurements and stereo restitution.

 

COURSE APG3013F NUMERICAL METHODS IN GEOMATICS                                                          CREDITS: 16
CONVENOR Dr George Sithole (Room 5.06)
AIMS To consolidate the knowledge the student acquired in the introductory course on adjustment, and provide skills and knowledge required to solve all standard adjustment problems.
OUTCOMES After completing this module the student should be able to: Mathematically formulate and solve all standard least squares problems experienced in geomatics.

 

COURSE APG3014X CONTROL SURVEY CAMP                                                                               CREDITS: 4
CONVENOR Dr Ramesh Govind (Room 5.04.3)
AIMS To provide practical experience in carrying out control surveys.
OUTCOMES After the camp, the student should be able to plan, supervise and carry out the fieldwork necessary to establish control survey networks.

 

COURSE APG3015X PRACTICAL TRAINING II                                                                                 CREDITS: 0
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To further equip the student with skills relating to the workplace. To provide the student with further insight into a career in one or more specialised fields of geomatics. To consolidate knowledge and skills learnt in third year geomatics and courses.
OUTCOMES

After completing this practical training module the student should be able to carry out geomatics operations in the specialised field(s) chosen for this practical training.
The student should understand the process of performing geomatics tasks in this chosen field from the inception of the project through to final delivery.
The student should have an understanding of the instrumentation and software used for data capture, storage, analysis, management and representation of spatial information required, as well as an understanding of the accuracy levels and limits of accuracy with respect to different data collection methods and instrumentation used.
The student should be able to comment on any other issues relating to the project and how these were managed e.g. environmental impacts, labour problems, varying client expectations, logistical problems.

 

COURSE APG3016C SURVEYING II                                                                                               CREDITS: 12
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To provide insight into the origins of the surveying discipline. To introduce some specialised instruments and methods used currently. To equip the student with a theoretical and working knowledge of satellite positioning methods. To further equip the student with group work, technical report writing, research and oral presentation, and problem solving skills and to encourage critical enquiry.
OUTCOMES After completing this module the student should show knowledge of the history of surveying in Southern Africa and the establishment of the control networks in the region; design the survey, collect data, process data, and analyse the results for a survey using the Global Positioning System for the purposes of GIS data collection and accurate (centimetre-level) surveys; work in a team, produce technical reports and comment on accuracies achieved in relation to instrumentation and data processing methods used; research and present both orally and in the form of a technical report, a method or technique or instrument used for surveying.

 

COURSE APG3017D SURVEYING III                                                                                              CREDITS: 12
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To build on the students’ knowledge and skills in surveying principles, instrumentation, and calculation. To equip the student with knowledge of various sources of error and their elimination or mitigation, as well as furthering knowledge of specialised instruments and methods used. To introduce hydrographic surveying. To further equip the student with group work, technical report writing, research and oral presentation, and problem solving skills and to encourage critical enquiry.
OUTCOMES After completing the student should be able to: determine the type of instrumentation to be used for a variety of surveying problems and comment on the accuracies achievable with such instrumentation and methodology; test and correct instrumentation for errors commonly encountered, understand the mathematics behind the effect of such errors and their correction or mitigation; work in a team, produce technical reports and comment on accuracies achieved in relation to instrumentation and data processing methods used. The student should have an understanding of the methods and instrumentation used in hydrographic surveying.

 

COURSE APG3027Z CADASTRAL SURVEY AND REGISTRATION PROJECTS                                CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To enhance theoretical knowledge from course work with practical skills and understanding of cadastral surveying, land registration and spatial analysis.
OUTCOMES Improved skills and knowledge of cadastral surveying and registration processes and quality management.

 

COURSE APG3033W LAND AND CADASTRAL SURVEY LAW                                                       CREDITS: 16
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To provide knowledge and understanding of land tenure, land law and land registration and cadastral survey law and the role of the land surveyor as a custodian of land tenure security. This course is intended for students of the Surveying Stream of the Geomatics Programme and pairs with theory taught in the course CON2027F.
OUTCOMES

After completing this module, students should, combined with theoretical knowledge from CON2027F, understand real property law from a land and cadastral surveying perspective. In particular the student should understand land tenure systems, demonstrate knowledge of land registration and cadastral surveying systems and the law relating thereto, and demonstrate skills in interpreting relevant statutes and cases. Additional knowledge and skills in international law and law of the sea, as well as land policy, tenure reform and challenges of land delivery in the developing world, are acquired. In conjunction with the course APG3027Z, the student should develop knowledge and skills in cadastral surveying and land registration.

 

COURSE APG4001S GEODESY                                                                                                    CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR Dr Ramesh Govind (Room 5.04.3)
AIMS This course describes the objectives, concepts and methods of modern geodesy.
OUTCOMES

On completion of this course the student will have a good understanding of the use of satellite positioning techniques in geodesy and will be able to design and carry out high precision GPS surveys. The student will also be able to design, adjust and analyse modern three-dimensional networks and transform data from one datum to another. The student will have a good understanding of the influence of the Earth’s gravity field on geodetic methods and will know how to compute geoid models from gravity and satellite data.

 

COURSE APG4002Z LAND USE PLANNING AND TOWNSHIP DESIGN                                          CREDITS: 16
CONVENOR Dr Ramesh Govind (Room 5.04.3)
AIMS This course provides students with both a theoretical and a practical background in land use planning and the design of townships in the Southern African context.
OUTCOMES At the end of this course the student will have a good understanding of land use planning and township design, in the South African context. The student should be competent to design small layouts of less than 20 erven.

 

COURSE APG4003Z GEOMATICS PROJECT                                                                                CREDITS: 40
CONVENOR Dr George Sithole (Room 5.06)
AIMS Students will start a Geomatics project at the beginning of the year, and will submit completed reports at the end of the year. This project will provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to design, execute and report on a Geomatics-related problem. Students will give an oral presentation of their project mid-year, as well as for the final assessment towards the end of the year.
OUTCOMES

After completion of the Project the student will be able to:
Design, execute a Geomatics related project, report on the results of the project in written form (thesis document), poster form, and present the results verbally in front of a critical audience. Analytical skills will have been developed the student will be able to critically assess the quality of the project results.

 

COURSE APG4005F ENGINEERING SURVEYING AND ADJUSTMENT                                           CREDITS: 18
CONVENOR Dr George Sithole (Room 5.06)
AIMS To provide knowledge on the design and optimisation of two- and three- dimensional engineering network, precision survey techniques and deformation analysis methods. To equip the student with problem solving skills for practical applications in precise engineering surveying and general project management.
OUTCOMES

After completion of this course the student should be able to: Design two and three dimensional engineering networks and provide solutions for optimisation of these in context of accuracy and feasibility, carry out precision surveys and setting out tasks of highest precision, detect deformations in structures through precise survey techniques and plan a precise engineering survey in all its aspects.

 

COURSE APG4010X GEOINFORMATICS CAMP                                                                             CREDITS: 4
CONVENOR A/Professor Julian Smit (Room 5.04.2)
OUTCOMES

This camp aims to consolidate knowledge and skills learnt in the course APG3012S. To further teach practical problem solving and production tasks in photogrammetry and remote sensing. In addition to perform 3D data modelling of results achieved and present the output by means of suitable visualisation methods. The practical work will be conducted in groups and the outcomes should be reported as a critical evaluation of the processes and methods used.

 

COURSE APG4011F GEOINFORMATICS IV                                                                                  CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR Dr George Sithole (Room 5.06)
OUTCOMES

The nature and concept of satellite and airborne remote sensing: advanced spectral and spatial image transforms, advanced thematic image classification methods, and an introduction to data fusion and hyperspectral image analysis concepts. Processing of ALS data, including: data filtering, segmentation, object classification and 3D modelling. Photogrammetric production concepts including: aerial triangulation, DTM and ortho image production, pictometry, 3D reconstruction and visualisation.

 

COURSE APG4012S GEOMATICS MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONALISM                                CREDITS: 24
CONVENOR A/Professor Jenny Whittal (Room 5.04.1)
AIMS To prepare students for professional practice in the private and public sector and provide understanding of the interaction between business practices, land policies and the geomatics profession.
OUTCOMES Integrated knowledge, understanding and skills of the strategic, administrative and technical knowledge of the geomatics professional