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Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) degree is the only academic qualification available in New Zealand that leads to full professional recognition as a Chartered Surveyor. It is also the only qualification that is recognised as being an appropriate foundation for Licensing by the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board of New Zealand.

Otago's BSurv degree is recognised for licensing in all Australian States, in both East and West Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. It is also recognised as a strong (and appropriate) professional degree for those seeking employment as a surveyor in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Africa.

The degree is four years in length and aims to produce a graduate skilled in the science of measurement, in the practical issues of land planning and development, and in the legal issues associated with land ownership and resource management. It also allows a student to pursue GIS studies and other specialist professional areas such as hydrographic surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and the study of land tenure systems. The degree is characterised by its strong academic, practical and professional emphasis.

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Information for new applicants

All new students applying for a Surveying programme for the first time must apply for Surveying First Year (BSc) using the first 'Apply now' button above.

Students who have completed their first year apply via their e:Vision student portal and select Bachelor of Surveying from the programmes section.

New students to Otago, who have completed the first year compulsory papers elsewhere, and are wishing to apply directly for the Bachelor of Surveying should contact the University Information Centre for assistance.

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Subject area

Fees for surveying students

Surveying students are required to pay excursion and field camp fees. Details are available from the School of Surveying.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

Year Papers Points
1st year

SURV 101  Introductory Surveying

SURV 102  Computational Methods for Surveyors

SURV 103 (this paper is no longer offered), or an approved equivalent

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

54 further points

18

18

18

18

54

2nd year

SURV 201  Surveying Methods 1

SURV 202  Surveying Mathematics

SURV 203  Land Development Engineering 1

SURV 204  Land Development Engineering 2

SURV 205  Statutory Planning 1

SURV 206  Land Tenure 1

SURV 207  Cadastral Surveying 1

SURV 208  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SURV 298  Introductory Field Camp

SURV 299  Second Year Field Course

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

0

0

3rd year

SURV 301  Surveying Methods 2

SURV 302  Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis

SURV 303  Urban Design 1

SURV 304  Land Development Engineering 3

SURV 305  Statutory Planning 2

SURV 306  Land Tenure 2

SURV 307  Cadastral Surveying 2

SURV 309  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies

SURV 399  Third Year Field Course

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

0

4th year

PMAN 401  Project Management

SURV 450  Professional Practice

SURV 499  Vacation Employment

18

18

0

Plus

54 points from SURV 310, SURV 322, SURV 325, SURV 329, SURV 410, SURV 411, SURV 412, SURV 413, SURV 451, SURV 452, SURV 453, SURV 454, SURV 455, SURV 456, SURV 457, SURV 458, SURV 459, SURV 460, SURV 469, SURV 470, SURV 480 including at least 36 400-level points.

Further papers in any subject to make a total of 522 points

54

 36

Total   522

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the second year of the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Surveying shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) on the advice of the Surveying Admissions Committee. Candidates will normally be selected on the basis of their academic records.
    2. The number of candidates who are New Zealand citizens or who have permanent residence in New Zealand, and are admitted annually to the second year, shall not normally exceed 60 (see Note 1).
    3. Applications for enrolment in second year classes in Surveying must be received not later than 15 November, in the year preceeding desired entry.
    4. To be considered for admission to the second year of the programme, a candidate must normally have passed, or be eligible for credit for, papers worth at least 126 points as prescribed in the programme requirements above.
    5. Direct entry to certain papers at 200-level may be granted to candidates who have attained a sufficently high standard in appropriate papers at school. Such candidates may be exempted from all or some of the papers normally required in the first year of the programme, or may be permitted by the Dean of Surveying to substitute other papers for all or some of the prescribed papers.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme shall consist of the papers worth not less that 522 points as prescribed in the programme requirements above and shall normally be pursued over four years of full-time study.
    2. Variations from the normal sequence of papers in the programme may be approved by the Dean of Surveying for candidates who have been granted exemptions from papers or who have been granted credit for papers on the basis of previous tertiary qualifications.
    3. The Dean of Surveying may reduce the amount of practical work required for SURV 298, SURV 299, SURV 399, and SURV 499 in cases where students have relevant previous knowledge and experience.

  3. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions, (published in the Guide to Enrolment) provided that the Dean of Surveying may, in special circumstances, waive any prerequisite or corequisite in approving a particular candidate's course of study.

  4. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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