Creating the spaces where people live and work
Built environments play a significant role in how we function as groups of people – suburbs, towns, cities, societies. Additionally, there is growing concern about how we respond to the natural environments within which all human activity takes place.
Land and land use decisions have cultural, social, legal, economic and ecosystem implications and this BSc degree offers a broad perspective on these issues.
While it may be noticeable if our built environments are poorly designed, through studying this degree, you will recognise the attributes of excellence in planning and urban development.
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Why study Land Planning and Development?
Land planning, land administration and the process of land subdivision have significant impacts on the layout and function of human and natural landscapes. These activities influence the way land is used, patterns of residential development and assessments of the economic potential of land. For some, land also has an important cultural value.
This degree provides an excellent foundation for those wanting a career in planning, land development and resource management, especially in relation to the subdivision and administration of land. It differs from other New Zealand planning degrees in that it emphasises engineering design and land administration, from Pākehā and Māori perspectives, as well as covering essential aspects of New Zealand legislation that relate to land development. It encompasses the practical aspects of planning and planning law.
This is a foundation degree for a career in aspects of surveying that relate to land development. This can lead to work in local government and private practice with surveyors, planners, land developers and urban designers.
While this degree is a stepping stone to a career in land development, surveying and planning, professional membership to the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors currently requires an additional one year Diploma for Graduates qualification.
Students wishing to become recognised as fully qualified professional planners have the option to undertake the two year Master of Planning (MPlan) at Otago, leading to membership of the NZ Planning Institute.
What will I study?
If you wish to complete the BSc in Land Planning and Development, you must take the following papers:
- MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics I
- SURV 101 Introductory Surveying
- SURV 102 Geospatial Science
- ENGL 228 Writing for the Professions
200-level papers include civil engineering, urban design, geographic information systems, land administration, land tenure and planning.
Papers at 300-level and above include Resource Management Act processes and offers experience in designing residential subdivisions in concept and detailed layout phases.
Students can add papers from other degree programmes (such as Geography, Economics or Surveying) to complement their programme of study.
How will I study?
Land Planning and Development is a practical course as well as an academic one. You will have lectures, tutorials and workshops using computer software and Computer Aided Draughting packages, and Geographic Information Systems data gathering and analysis (including communicating spatial information).
You will also undertake engineering labs, infrastructure inspections, site visits to view landscape and construction examples and a one week hands on field course at the end of the academic year.
A background in both human and physical geography is desirable, high standards of literacy and numeracy skills, an enquiring and critical mind and a strong interest in land and the legal, ecological, economic and social environment.
Combining Landing Planning and Development with other areas of study
The Land Planning and Development major lends itself to combining with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Business / Management, Environment and Society or Environmental Management. These compatible subjects are available as minors within the Science degree structure, allowing you to pursue a coherent line of study through to an advanced level, within the three- year degree.
You could also combine Land Planning and Development with a second major e.g., Geography or Geographic Information Systems, if you have a passion for a second area of endeavour.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Land Planning and Development
SURV 120 Surveying and Spatial Science
SURV 130 People, Place and the Built Environment
MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1
ENGL 228 Writing for the Professions
SURV 203 Land Development Engineering 1
SURV 204 Land Development Engineering 2
SURV 205 Statutory Planning 1
SURV 206 Land Tenure 1
SURV 220 Geographic Information Science
Note: ENGL 228 should be taken in the second semester of the first year of study.
SURV 303 Urban Design 1
SURV 304 Land Development Engineering 3
SURV 455 Statutory Planning 3
126 further points.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science
Minor subject requirements
Land Planning and Development as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree
Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree
SURV 130 People, Place and the Built Environment
MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website
|Paper code||Year||Title||Points||Teaching period|
|SURV120||2023||Surveying and Spatial Science||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|SURV130||2023||People, Place and the Built Environment||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV169||2023||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV201||2023||Surveying Methods 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV202||2023||Surveying Mathematics||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV203||2023||Land Development Engineering 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV204||2023||Land Development Engineering 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV205||2023||Statutory Planning A||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV206||2023||Land Tenure 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV207||2023||Cadastral Surveying 1||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV208||2023||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV297||2023||Land Development Field Course||0 points||1st Non standard period|
|SURV298||2023||Introductory Field Camp||0 points||1st Non standard period|
|SURV299||2023||Second Year Field Course||0 points||1st Non standard period|
|SURV301||2023||Surveying Methods 2||18 points||1st Non standard period|
|SURV302||2023||Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV303||2023||Urban Design 1||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV304||2023||Land Development Engineering 3||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV306||2023||Land Tenure 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV307||2023||Cadastral Surveying 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV309||2023||Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV319||2023||Spatial Algorithms and Programming||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV322||2023||Hydrographic Surveying||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV329||2023||Selected Topics in Surveying 1||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|SURV399||2023||Third Year Field Course||0 points||1st Non standard period|
|SURV411||2023||Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV412||2023||Geovisualisation and Cartography||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV413||2023||Resource Mapping and Image Processing||18 points||Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024|
|SURV450||2023||Professional Practice||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV451||2023||Surveying Methods 3||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV452||2023||Hydrographic Surveying 2||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV453||2023||Urban Design 2||18 points||Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024|
|SURV454||2023||Environmental Engineering||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV455||2023||Statutory Planning B||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV456||2023||Land Tenure 3||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV457||2023||Cadastral Surveying 3||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV458||2023||Marine Law and the Environment||18 points||Semester 1|
|SURV459||2023||Engineering Surveying||18 points||Semester 2|
|SURV460||2023||Construction Management||9 points||Semester 2|
|SURV462||2023||Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV463||2023||Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography||18 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV469||2023||Selected Topics in Surveying 2||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|SURV470||2023||Professional Project||18 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|SURV473||2023||Special Topic||36 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV474||2023||Special Topic||36 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV480||2023||Research Project||36 points||Full Year, 1st Non standard period|
|SURV499||2023||Vacation Employment||0 points||Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year|
|SURV509||2023||Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV511||2023||Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling||20 points||Semester 2|
|SURV512||2023||Geovisualisation and Cartography||20 points||Semester 2|
|SURV513||2023||Resource Mapping and Image Processing||20 points||Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024|
|SURV519||2023||Spatial Algorithms and Programming||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV551||2023||Advanced Surveying Methods||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV552||2023||Advanced Hydrographic Surveying||20 points||Semester 2|
|SURV553||2023||Advanced Urban Design||20 points||Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024|
|SURV554||2023||Advanced Environmental Engineering||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV555||2023||Advanced Statutory Planning||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV556||2023||Advanced Land Tenure||20 points||Semester 2|
|SURV557||2023||Advanced Cadastral Surveying||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV558||2023||Advanced Marine Law and the Environment||20 points||Semester 1|
|SURV559||2023||Advanced Engineering Surveying||20 points||Semester 2|
|SURV562||2023||Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV563||2023||Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography||20 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV569||2023||Advanced Topics in Surveying||20 points||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|SURV573||2023||Special Topic||40 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV574||2023||Special Topic||40 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV575||2023||Special Topic||40 points||Not offered in 2023|
|SURV580||2023||Research project||40 points||Full Year, 1st Non standard period|
|SURV590||2023||Dissertation||60 points||Full Year, 1st Non standard period|
Key information for future students
Department of Surveying