Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (73G)

Overview  2019

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

"This degree gives you the flexibility to change your mind. There are so many opportunities, so you don't have to know what you want to do. Choosing this field doesn’t close any doors - in fact, it opens more."

Anna Riddell, Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences graduate
Would you like to help shape the world of tomorrow? Surveyors and spatial scientists use their knowledge and skills to measure, map and model our world.

They play a critical role in decisions that affect our natural and built environments and which impact on people and society.

University of Tasmania graduates in surveying and spatial sciences are in high demand and find employment in a diverse range of industries and occupations. Many progress to careers in land, engineering and hydrographic surveying, others join teams working in areas such as engineering environmental management, land planning and development.

You’ll also be learning from the very best. The University of Tasmania is home to Australia’s top rated spatial research group* and your lecturers are world leading experts in their fields.

*ERA 2015

While studying the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences you will gain hands-on experience with the full range of traditional land surveying equipment as well as a wealth of modern technologies covering Geographic Information Systems (GIS), UAS (unmanned aerial systems), airborne and satellite remote sensing, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS, image processing and digital photogrammetry.

Graduates will understand the scientific principles fundamental to surveying and spatial science and be able to apply that knowledge using current surveying and mapping technology. They will have developed strong analysis, problem-solving and design skills, and be able to communicate with diverse audiences at a professional standard.

Graduates of the three-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences who wish to progress to registration under State and Territory legislation as practicing land and cadastral surveyors will also need to complete the 1-year Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying.

Practical experience is an important part of your University experience in the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences, and for those continuing to the Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying.

At the University of Tasmania your practical experiences include:

  • Field-based teaching using state-of-the-art surveying, laser-scanning and GNSS equipment is a major component of most intermediate and advanced units in the Surveying Major.
  • Practical experience with specialised software forms a key component of the Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing units.
  • A capstone project-based unit in the final year of the degree provides students with an opportunity to engage closely with our research programs, or to pursue an area of specialisation of their own choice.
  • Experienced consultant surveyors and practicing geospatial professionals contribute to the design and delivery of many of our units.
  • Students articulating to the Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying interact very closely with experienced practitioners for all of the theory components of the course, and then consolidate their learning from both the undergraduate program and the Graduate Diploma program during a 20-week period of Professional Practice prior to graduation.

“My boss has said to me that he wasn’t expecting to have a graduate that also has the practical experience as well as the academic knowledge.”

Nathan Batge
Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences graduate
Harrison Friedmann Surveyors

STEM Student Ambassadors

Students can also serve as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Ambassadors. The goals of the program are to provide exceptional STEM education, outreach and community engagement in schools and elsewhere. The program provides opportunities and experiences that will lead to personal and professional growth for participants, particularly improving public speaking skills.

Overseas Exchange

Our international exchange program offers opportunities for a semester of study at universities around the world. Exchange can allow students to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. Participants may be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Career outcomes

The University of Tasmania has taught me the academic requirements and also the practical skills to make me ‘job ready’ by the end of my degree.

Nathan Batge
Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Science Graduate
Careers that involve Surveying and Spatial Science have experienced sustained growth over a long period, that demand is only forecast to increase.

Career opportunities with Surveying and Spatial Sciences

Across an increasingly wide range of industries such as environmental management, civil and mining engineering, agriculture, land planning and development, within both government and private enterprise, there is a significant shortage of University qualified graduates to meet ever growing need*.

* BIS Shrapnel Future Demand, Supply and Skills Gap for Surveying and Geospatial Professionals, January 2015
* Investigation into the Spatial Capability of Australia. Final report by Dr Vanessa Lawrence, October 2011

When you graduate from this degree you will be prepared for professional careers in a number of closely related disciplines. These include:

Land & Engineering Surveyor - measuring and defining land ownership boundaries; implementing spatial control for projects such as roads and bridges;

Hydrographic Surveyor - measuring and mapping in a marine environment.

Geospatial analyst and GIS specialist – computer based mapping and analysis of spatial information;

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing specialist – measurement, mapping and data analysis from aircraft and satellite sensors;

Geodesist – using satellite and terrestrial data to measure and map the Earth and to monitor regional and global changes.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences are eligible to apply for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (Australia). The SSSI also provides free student membership to current students.

The degree is internationally accredited through the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). This accreditation ensures that the degree program meets standards set by industry and also provides free student membership of ICES for the duration of their course and graduate membership upon completion.

For registration as a Land Surveyor in Tasmania, graduates are required to complete the 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences followed by the Graduate Diploma in Land Surveying, and then undertake a period of supervised professional experience and examinations through the Tasmanian Land Surveyors Accreditation Board.

Students graduating with the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences and the Graduate Diploma in Land Surveying are recognised by the Malaysian Land Surveyors Board for progression to the registration processes managed by the Board as a Land Surveyor in Malaysia.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences comprises a Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing major (eight units of study), a number of degree core knowledge units (ten units of study) two breadth units and four student elective. This course structure provides you with advanced specialist knowledge and skills in Surveying and the Spatial Sciences, together with multi-disciplinary foundation of knowledge and skills that can be applied to almost any industry.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate and display characteristics of data that vary with location. Producing a map to present spatial information is a skill that is itself valuable to scientists in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Satellite images and aerial photographs are used to observe the earth and its atmosphere. These images are used for mapping and monitoring our natural and human environment. Remote sensing is an exciting field that is constantly changing with regular launches…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on KGG102 GIS: Introduction and will give you more advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data. As more businesses and scientists get to grips with the advantages of using GIS to manage and interpret…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on the theory and skills of KGG103 Remote Sensing: Introduction and focuses on advanced aspects of remotely sensed image analysis. These additional remote sensing analysis skills are highly valued by employers in the spatial industry. The unit…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on KGG212 GIS: Spatial Analysis and focuses on advanced aspects of spatial data analysis, including practical aspects of programming for GIS customisation. At the start of semester you will spend one day in the field collecting GNSS…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Nearly all information on modern topographic maps is derived from aerial photography. Photogrammetry is the science of measurement from photographs. This unit will provide you with an understanding of the mathematical principles of photogrammetry and their application to a variety…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) enable autonomous global positioning using signals broadcast from various satellite constellations. With an ability to achieve accuracies ranging from metres to millimetres, GNSS provides positioning capability that underpins a host of scientific, commercial, civilian and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The aim of the Spatial Research Project is to allow students to undertake supervised project work in a field of their own choice within the broad discipline area of spatial science. The unit provides the opportunity to advance students' knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides fundamental tools of one variable calculus that are essential in the application of mathematics in science, engineering and economics. Review of basic functions. Algebraic and order properties of the real number system. Limits and continuity of functions of a…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

KMA154 is a continuation of KMA152, with emphasis on the application of single-variable calculus to problems in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences; economics; and engineering.Topics include: introductory linear and matrix algebra; solving systems of linear equations using Gaussian elimination…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This foundation unit in Geography and Environmental Studies develops your knowledge of the ways in which people turn space into place, of how patterns of landforms, soils, plants and animals form on the surface of the earth, and how cultures,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide students with an overview of programming and its role in problem solving and strategies for designing solutions to programming problems with reference to the Java programming language. Beginning with the fundamental characteristics of computers and how…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce you to field techniques, calculations and analysis techniques used in surveying. This includes an overview of instrumentation, methods and applications; elementary data collection; measurement of length, direction, azimuth, angles, etc.; theory and use of the theodolite…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

KGG220 continues from KGG255, developing a broader knowledge relating to the use and application of precise instrumentation and measurement methodologies in the field of surveying.This unit develops students' skills in using optical levels and electronic total stations and provides experience…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Geodesy is the study of the Earth's dynamic shape, size and gravitational field. Modern space geodetic observations underpin not only our ability to determine precise location on Earth and in orbit, but a broad number of scientific fields that address…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides students with a working knowledge of least squares techniques and their application in spatial information science; theory of least squares; adjustment of measured data; adjustment with constraints; detection of outliers; network design and optimisation. Case studies are used to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Applies acquired knowledge of spatial measurement techniques and associated instrumentation to develop an improved understanding of a range of specific surveying applications including: industrial metrology, construction surveying (monument selection, control networks and set out techniques), road design (horizontal and vertical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

New Unit - KGG304 Professional Studio
Two Student Elective units (100 level)
One Student Elective unit (100 or 200 level)
One Breadth unit (100 or 200 level).  For a list of breadth units see: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings
One Student Elective unit (200 or 300 level)
One Breadth unit (200 or 300 level).  For a list of breadth units see: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings

Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences, you'll need to meet the general entrance requirements of the University and any course-specific requirements.

School leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher and successful completion of the following pre-requisite unit(s) at TQA3 level, or equivalent:

  • Mathematics Methods (MTM415117)

Mature age students/non-school leavers

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements for undergraduate programs.

You will also be required to meet the pre-requisites listed above via the completion of foundation units, or by demonstrating equivalent qualification or knowledge. Even if you don’t need to meet a pre-requisite, foundation units are a great way to refresh your knowledge and give you the best preparation possible for staring your Bachelor level studies.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the International Future Students website.

In addition to satisfying the normal University admission requirements, students entering first year must have obtained a TCE Satisfactory Achievement (SA) result or higher in MTM315109 Mathematics Methods.

If applicants do not have this prerequisite they should discuss their qualifications with the degree coordinator. An appropriate foundation unit may be available. Interstate or overseas qualifications that are deemed equivalent by the University may also be accepted, subject to approval by the degree coordinator.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted. You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information.

Students may be granted credit if they have completed equivalent study in other institutions. For example, students who have successfully completed the TAFE Advanced Diploma in Spatial Information Services may be granted credit for up to 25% of the course requirements.

Students completing the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (73G) may articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Land Surveying.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list on the Agriculture and Environmental Science study theme page by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you meet the minimum ATAR but haven't completed the required pre-requisite unit(s), we offer foundation units to help you bridge the gap. Many run in spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies. HECS scholarships may also be available for domestic students.

Even if you don’t need to meet a pre-requisite, these units are a great way to refresh your knowledge and give you the best preparation possible for starting your Bachelor level studies.

If you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies (Science pathway) as a pathway to the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences.

If you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies (Science Pathway) or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $105,456 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $33,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

Domestic Students

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description in the online Course and Unit Handbook to work out an indicative annual cost.

If you are a domestic student enrolling in the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences, you may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at university. To find out what to pay and whether you are eligible you can read the information and guidelines.

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

International students

If you are an international student enrolling in the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences, the 2016 annual tuition fee is AU$28,500.

This rate is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2016 the SSAF is AU$290.

For more information on international fees, head to the International Fees website.

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Some of these are aimed at students studying the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences:

  • Nick Martin Tasmania University Scholarship in Surveying and Spatial Sciences
  • Cement Australia West North-West Bursary

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International Students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

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International
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