Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (73G)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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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

Entry Requirements

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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
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
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, playing 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 environmental management, geospatial analysis and land development planning.

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.

*Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 National Report

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 such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), UAS (unmanned aerial systems), airborne and satellite remote sensing, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and laser scanning (3D point cloud processing).

Graduates will understand the scientific principles fundamental to surveying and spatial sciences and be able to apply that knowledge using current 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 practising land and cadastral surveyors will also need to complete the 1-year Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying.

LO1 Explain the interdisciplinary role of surveying and spatial sciences in environmental and social decision-making.

LO2 Apply a range of spatial data collection and analysis techniques to create scientifically robust datasets for a range of applications.

LO3 Design and implement scientific solutions for problems commonly encountered in the role of a Surveyor or Spatial Scientist informed by quantitative and qualitative analyses of information from a range of sources.

LO4 Produce technical documents accessible to clients, associated professionals and community members.

LO5 Compile evidence of individual and teamwork practices in adherence with the regulatory frameworks of a Surveyor or Spatial Scientist.

Practical experience is an integral part of your University experience in the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences, and for those continuing to the Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying there is a one-semester work placement. We have a large range of units that focus on field and practical exercises, turning theory into practice to ensure you graduate with job-ready skills across a range of technologies, platforms, and environments.

Unmatched practical and field experience.

Industry-leading surveying and spatial science equipment and software is utilised in class activities from first year. Beyond the classroom, our huge range of field-based units get you out into the living laboratory of Tasmania, providing genuine environmental learning experiences using state-of-the-art surveying, laser-scanning, remote sensing and GNSS equipment. Practical experiences also extend to using specialised, industry standard software to work with real-world datasets to investigate solutions to environmental/social/agricultural problems.

Learn from the best

Amongst our award-winning staff are Australia’s best spatial scientists, producing world-leading climate change and environmental remote sensing research, and our comparatively small class sizes provide unrestricted access to their experience and connections. As a result, our graduates are sought-after around the world for their breadth and depth of knowledge across the surveying and spatial sciences discipline.

Capstone projects and industry engagement

A capstone project-based unit in the final year provides you with an opportunity to engage closely with our research programs, or to pursue an area of specialisation of your own choice.

Experienced consultant surveyors and practising 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 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.

Become a Student Ambassador

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Though the Student Ambassador Program or STEM Outreach Team you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

Study overseas at one of our partner institutions

Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you 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. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Students in the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences have many exciting opportunities to participate in work placement. The University of Tasmania has consistently maintained a strong relationship with industries that utilise surveying and spatial sciences knowledge and skills, such as agriculture, earth science, and forestry, among others. Through this, many of our students are able to turn practical experience into work experience.

You may also be able to gain practical experience in industry via the Dean's Summer Research Scholarship.

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

Skills and knowledge in surveying and spatial sciences is a vital component of projects across an increasingly wide range of industries within both government and private enterprise including cadastral surveying, land planning and development, environmental management, civil engineering, mining and agriculture.

In March 2019, the report ‘Determining the Future Demand, Supply and skills Gap for Surveying and Geospatial Professionals 2018-2028’ forecasts a shortage of surveying and spatial scientists across Australia over the next decade. This high demand is also coupled with a forecast that those job opportunities will come with salaries well above the national average

Every industry on Earth utilises surveying and spatial sciences in some way, and graduates will therefore have the opportunity to pursue their any career that they choose, such as:

Geospatial analyst and GIS specialist

Conduct computer-based mapping and analysis of spatial information, answering ‘what if’ questions at both the small and large scale to assist with efficient and effective decision making. From assessing plausibility of constructing billion-dollar tunnels under cities, or projecting housing expansion over the coming decades, or assessing traffic congestion solutions or evaluating climate change effects on the environment geospatial analysts are involved in many different types of practical, important projects around the world.

Remote Sensing specialist

Provide measurement, mapping and data analysis from drone, aircraft and satellite sensors, mapping areas of the world that can’t otherwise be easily accessed of visualised, both in real-time e.g. during bushfires and floods, and as part of ongoing planning and management e.g. tracking climate change impacts over time, in both urban and remote settings.

Land & Engineering Surveyor

Measure and define land boundaries. Surveyors play an integral role in all aspects of land development, from planning and design of land subdivisions through to the construction of major, infrastructure, roads and buildings. Licensed Land (Cadastral) Surveyors are always in demand as they are the only people legally able to define land boundaries.

Hydrographic Surveyor

Measure and map the seafloor to inform large scale marine oriented projects, like ensuring ports and shipping lanes are accessible to facilitate global trade.

Geodesist

Utilise satellite and terrestrial data to measure and map the Earth, and to monitor regional and global changes like sea level rise, shifting ice sheets, and earthquakes.

Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also 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 by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

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 requires the completion of 300 credit points comprising:

  • 100 credit point Major
  • 100 credit points of Core units
  • 100 credit points of Elective units

In your Elective component you can choose from any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in.

Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from within or outside the College of Sciences and Engineering. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline as your major or related fields.

You can also use this space to complete an optional second major which may be a second major chosen from another course noting some exclusions apply. Not all majors can be taken by students in different courses.

We have a team of Course Information Officers available to help you structure your studies to meet your desired outcomes.  For enrolment assistance please contact us via U Connect today.

Geospatial scientists provide information that is crucial to decision making and addressing problems of societal significance by harnessing the value of spatial data to map, model and analyse every aspect of our natural and built environments.

The Geospatial Science major provides students with essential skills and knowledge in spatial data collection and analyses. In this major, students will receive hands-on and real-world experiences with spatial data captured by drones, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and earth observing satellites as well as becoming adept in the high level processing and analysis of spatial data.

Students who complete the geospatial science major will be highly employable in both the government and private sector across a wide range of areas e.g. managing land & marine environments, working toward modern and sustainable urban developments, modernising the agricultural sector, working in mining and forestry and understanding the impacts of climate change on our world.

For more information about Geospatial science at the University of Tasmania, including profiles of our key lecturers and an overview of our world-leading research, please go to: https://www.utas.edu.au/technology-environments-design/geography-and-spatial-sciences/surveying-and-spatial-sciences 

Available:  On campus Hobart


Introductory Units

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

Intermediate Units

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

Advanced Units

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

Aerial photography has recently become a technology that is widely available. The advent of drones and modern photogrammetric software has revolutionised the way in which we can collect information about the earth’s surface. Photogrammetry is the science of measurement from…

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

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

Introductory Units

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

Intermediate Units

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

Advanced Units

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

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

This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment (EIA) using case studies. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental impact assessment in Tasmanian contexts, but EIA processes and legislation are similar…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

In your Elective component you can choose from any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university.  To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS
Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. We anticipate that the lowest ATAR that will receive an offer for this course in 2021 will be 65.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

Domestic  applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; OR
  • Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).
Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed a Certificate IV (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement.

Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Subject Prerequisites

These prerequisites apply to students from all educational backgrounds.

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subject:

  • Mathematics Methods (MTM415117)

You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subject above. If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Admissions and application information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this degree if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from another institution;
  • Are currently studying another Bachelor degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed a Bachelor degree at the University or an equivalent award from another institution.
How to apply for a credit transfer

You can apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing as part of the standard online application process for this degree.

For more information on credit transfers, contact us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online.

This degree does not formally articulate from another degree. See Credit transfer for information on advanced standing from other qualification and experience, or Alternative entry pathways for pathway options into this degree.

Successful completion of this degree meets the entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Land Surveying.

Successful completion of this degree meets the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences (Honours)

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also 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 lists by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you 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.

If you aren’t eligible for an offer to this course, you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies or the University Preparation Program.

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

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $111,669 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $35,950 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

Scholarships for 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.

Scholarships specific to this degree include:

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.

Scholarships for 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.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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