Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal) Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum
4 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125
This 4-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code N3N) is currently in teach-out. From 2010, the University has offered a 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G)
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.
The information below applies to students who choose to remain enrolled in the 4-year degree (N3N).
Admission & Prerequisites
This course is in teach-out mode. Students wanting to enrol in a Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences should refer to the Course and Unit entry for the 3-year course: Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G).
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 four-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 bridgesspatial 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.
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
This course is in teach-out mode. Students wanting to commence a Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences should refer to the Course and Unit entry for the 3-year course: Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G).
Students currently enrolled in this 4-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences may apply to transfer to the 3-year Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (course code 73G). Contact the degree coordinator.
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 of the Land Surveying stream must complete a period of supervised professional experience and pass the registration authority's examinations. The fourth year of the course counts towards the professional experience requirements. Graduate of the Spatial Information Systems stream who wish to proceed towards registration must complete additional coursework units from the fourth year of the Land Surveying stream.
Further information is available from the degree coordinator.
Candidates for the degree shall pass all of the units prescribed for either the Land Surveying stream or the Spatial Information Systems stream. 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.