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2012 Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences(73G)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Rachael Hurd (03) 6226 2463, email


This 3-year (minimum) full-time or equivalent part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The course is offered on the Hobart campus. Subject to unit availability, students wishing to undertake their first year of study on the Launceston campus may be able to do so. Contact the degree coordinator for more information.

Offered for the first time in 2010, this three-year course replaces a 4-year course (N3N Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences). The change from a 4-year course to a 3-year course is a consequence of the University's adoption of common course structures. Students previously enrolled in the 4-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code N3N) who want to transfer to the 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G) should contact the degree coordinator to request the transfer and to plan their unit enrolments.

Students previously enrolled in the 4-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code N3N) who choose to remain in the 4-year course rather than transfer to the 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G) should refer to the Course and Unit entries for N3N Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences.

Admission & Prerequisites

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 both MTM315109 Mathematics Methods and PSC315109 Physical Sciences.

If applicants do not have these prerequisites they should discuss their qualifications with the degree coordinator. Appropriate foundation units 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.

Course Objectives

Surveying and the spatial sciences are relied upon in an increasingly wide range of applications, such as environmental management, civil and mining engineering, land planning and development, within both government and private enterprise. In recent years there has been dramatic growth in the surveying and spatial sciences. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), remote sensing, image processing, and digital photogrammetry have become essential to planning and management. For graduates choosing a career in land surveying these technologies are as important as traditional surveying instruments; for other students, these technologies present a wide range of new career opportunities.

The three-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences prepares graduates for professional careers in a number of closely related disciplines. These include:

  • land surveying - measuring and defining land ownership boundaries; spatial control for projects such as roads and bridges;
  • spatial and geographic information systems - computer management, mapping and analysis of spatial information;
  • photogrammetry and remote sensing - measurement, mapping and data analysis from aircraft and satellite sensors;
  • geodesy and geodetic surveying - science of the measurement and mapping of the earth's surface using satellite and terrestrial data;
  • hydrographic surveying - measuring and mapping in a marine environment.

To achieve this aim, the course imparts to students:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles underlying surveying and the spatial sciences;
  • a knowledge of the way in which these principles are implemented in current surveying and mapping technology;
  • appropriate scientific analysis, problem solving and design skills;
  • appropriate communication skills;
  • a general knowledge of associated disciplines that will facilitate communication and professional interaction; and
  • an appreciation of the professional standards and practices of relevant professional institutions.

Career Outcomes

Graduates find employment in a wide range of areas including spatial data management, land administration, surveying and mapping, cadastral and engineering surveying, GIS industries, and geodetic agencies. The spatial information industry is experiencing strong growth, with a national undersupply of qualified graduates. High graduate employment rates are expected to continue.

Articulation to/from Course

Students may be granted credit if they have completed equivalent work 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 previously enrolled in the 4-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code N3N) may apply to transfer to the 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G). Contact the Degree Coordinator to arrange this transfer.

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

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences is recognised by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute as providing qualification for graduate membership of the Institute.

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 pass the registration authority's examinations.

Further information is available from the degree coordinator.

Miscellaneous Information

Candidates for the degree shall pass all of the units as prescribed in the Schedules. However, the Associate Dean may, with the approval of the relevant Head of School, in a special case, allow a candidate to substitute another unit for a unit which has been prescribed.

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