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Study Surveying / Surveying Measurement at Otago

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Overview

Surveying embraces a range of activities related to the measurement, ownership and delineation of our physical resources, whether these be on the land or in the oceans.

The Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) degree leads to a diverse but exceedingly rewarding professional career. It is comprised of four main areas of study:

  • measurement science (i.e. the techniques of spatial measurement)
  • cadastral studies (i.e. issues such as who own the land, how much do they own, and what is the extent of their ownership)
  • resource management, including the design and layout of housing developments and lifestyle blocks
  • spatial information studies (i.e. the concepts behind the capture, management and display of spatial data when it is in its digital form).

The professional education provided by the BSurv (which also includes on-job training) produces surveying graduates who are recognised, internationally, as being of the highest quality.

The BSurv degree has both a core component as well as a range of elective options. If a high standard is achieved the degree may be awarded with distinction or credit. In addition, a very able student can complete a four year Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (BSurv(Hons)) degree and/or a five year double degree.

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Contact details

School of Surveying

Email surveying@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/surveying

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Surveying (SURV) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Surveying Measurement

Level Papers Points
100-level

SURV 101  Introductory Surveying

SURV 102  Geospatial Science

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

18

18

18

200-level

ENGL 228  Writing for the Professions

SURV 201  Surveying Methods 1

SURV 202  Surveying Mathematics

SURV 208  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SURV 298  Introductory Field Camp

Notes: ENGL 228 must be taken in the second semester of the first year of study.
Admission to SURV 201 and SURV 298 is limited and applications must be submitted by 15 November.

18

18

18

18

0

300-level

SURV 301  Surveying Methods 2

SURV 302  Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis

SURV 309  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies

SURV 399  Third Year Field Course

Three of SURV 206, SURV 306, SURV 319, SURV 322, SURV 329, SURV 413, SURV 450, SURV 451, SURV 452, SURV 459, SURV 462, SURV 463, PMAN 401

18

18

18

0

54

Plus

126 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Note: A Bachelor of Surveying degree is also offered.

126
Total   360

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Surveying

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Surveying

Papers and Thesis
  • 500-level SURV papers worth at least 120 points

  • Thesis: SURV 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

Year Papers Points
1st year

SURV 101  Introductory Surveying (or an approved equivalent)

SURV 102  Geospatial Science (or an approved equivalent)

ENGL 228  Writing for the Professions (or approved equivalents)

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 A

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 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

0

4th year

PMAN 401  Project Management

SURV 450  Professional Practice

SURV 455  Statutory Planning B

SURV 499  Vacation Employment

18

18

0

Plus

Additional papers worth at least 54 points from SURV 319, SURV 322SURV 329, SURV 410, SURV 411, SURV 412, SURV 413, SURV 451, SURV 452, SURV 453, SURV 454SURV 456, SURV 457, SURV 458, SURV 459, SURV 460, SURV 462, SURV 463, 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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Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (BSurv(Hons))

Year Papers Points
Prerequisites

The compulsory papers for the First, Second and Third Year courses for the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Surveying (in approved cases, students may be credited with or be granted exemptions from some papers on the basis of previous tertiary passes.)

Fourth Year compulsory papers

PMAN 501  Advanced Project Management

SURV 450  Professional Practice

SURV 455  Statutory Planning B

SURV 499  Vacation Employment

SURV 590  Dissertation

20

18

18

  0

40

Additional papers

Papers worth a minimum of 58 points, including at least 40 points at 500-level selected from:

SURV 319 (or SURV 519 (20 points)), SURV 322, SURV 329 (18 points each)

SURV 510, SURV 511, SURV 512, SURV 513, SURV 551, SURV 552, SURV 553, SURV 554SURV 556, SURV 557, SURV 558, SURV 559, SURV 562, SURV 563, SURV 569, (20 points each)

SURV 573, SURV 574, SURV 575 (40 points each)

58
Total   550

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