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Study Land Planning and Development at Otago

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. Land, planning and development offers a broad perspective on these issues.

While it may be noticeable if our built environments are poorly designed, through studying land development, planning and development, 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 assessment of the economic potential of land.For some, land also has an important cultural value.

For those wanting a career in planning, land development and resource management, especially in relation to the subdivision and administration of land studying land planning and development provides an excellent foundation. Emphasis is placed on engineering design and land administration from a Pākehā and Māori perspectives, as well as covering essential aspects of New Zealand legislation that relates to land development.

Career opportunities

Graduates have found work in local government and private practice with surveyors, planners, land developers and urban designers.

Note: 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 memberships of the NZ Planning Institute.

Background required

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.

Teaching style

Land planning and development is a practical course as well as an academic once. You'll 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.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Land Planning and Development

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 203  Land Development Engineering 1

SURV 204  Land Development Engineering 2

SURV 205  Statutory Planning 1

SURV 206  Land Tenure 1

SURV 208  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SURV 297  Land Development Field Course

Note: ENGL 228 should be taken in the second semester of the first year of study.

18

18

18

18

18

18

0

300-level

SURV 303  Urban Design 1

SURV 304  Land Development Engineering 3

SURV 455  Statutory Planning 3

At least 36 points from SURV 306, SURV 309, SURV 319, SURV 329, SURV 450, SURV 453, SURV 454PMAN 401

18

18

18

36

Plus

108 further points.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

108
Total   360

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

Level Papers Points
100-level

SURV 101  Introductory Surveying

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

18

18

200-level

Any two of:
SURV 203  Land Development Engineering 1
SURV 204  Land Development Engineering 2
SURV 205  Statutory Planning 1
SURV 206  Land Tenure 1

if SURV 203 and SURV 204 are selected, SURV 297 must be taken concurrently

36

300-level

Any one of
SURV 303  Urban Design 1
SURV 304  Land Development Engineering 3
SURV 306  Land Tenure 2
SURV 455  Statutory Planning 3

18

Total   90

Papers

SURV papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
SURV101 2021 Introductory Surveying 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
SURV102 2021 Geospatial Science 18 points Second Semester
SURV169 2021 Special Topic 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV201 2021 Surveying Methods 1 18 points First Semester
SURV202 2021 Surveying Mathematics 18 points Second Semester
SURV203 2021 Land Development Engineering 1 18 points First Semester
SURV204 2021 Land Development Engineering 2 18 points Second Semester
SURV205 2021 Statutory Planning A 18 points Second Semester
SURV206 2021 Land Tenure 1 18 points First Semester
SURV207 2021 Cadastral Surveying 1 18 points Second Semester
SURV208 2021 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 18 points First Semester
SURV297 2021 Land Development Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV298 2021 Introductory Field Camp 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV299 2021 Second Year Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV301 2021 Surveying Methods 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
SURV302 2021 Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis 18 points First Semester
SURV303 2021 Urban Design 1 18 points First Semester
SURV304 2021 Land Development Engineering 3 18 points Second Semester
SURV306 2021 Land Tenure 2 18 points Second Semester
SURV307 2021 Cadastral Surveying 2 18 points Second Semester
SURV309 2021 Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies 18 points First Semester
SURV319 2021 Spatial Algorithms and Programming 18 points First Semester
SURV322 2021 Hydrographic Surveying 18 points First Semester
SURV329 2021 Selected Topics in Surveying 1 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
SURV399 2021 Third Year Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV411 2021 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling 18 points Second Semester
SURV412 2021 Geovisualisation and Cartography 18 points Second Semester
SURV413 2021 Resource Mapping and Image Processing 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV450 2021 Professional Practice 18 points Second Semester
SURV451 2021 Surveying Methods 3 18 points First Semester
SURV452 2021 Hydrographic Surveying 2 18 points Second Semester
SURV453 2021 Urban Design 2 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV454 2021 Environmental Engineering 18 points Not offered in 2021
SURV455 2021 Statutory Planning B 18 points First Semester
SURV456 2021 Land Tenure 3 18 points Second Semester
SURV457 2021 Cadastral Surveying 3 18 points First Semester
SURV458 2021 Marine Law and the Environment 18 points Not offered in 2021
SURV459 2021 Engineering Surveying 18 points Second Semester
SURV460 2021 Construction Management 9 points Second Semester
SURV462 2021 Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage 18 points Not offered in 2021
SURV463 2021 Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 18 points Not offered in 2021
SURV469 2021 Selected Topics in Surveying 2 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
SURV470 2021 Professional Project 18 points First Semester, Second Semester
SURV473 2021 Special Topic 36 points Not offered in 2021
SURV474 2021 Special Topic 36 points Not offered in 2021
SURV480 2021 Research Project 36 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SURV499 2021 Vacation Employment 0 points First Semester, Second Semester, Full Year
SURV509 2021 Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies 20 points First Semester
SURV511 2021 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling 20 points Second Semester
SURV512 2021 Geovisualisation and Cartography 20 points Second Semester
SURV513 2021 Resource Mapping and Image Processing 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV519 2021 Spatial Algorithms and Programming 20 points First Semester
SURV551 2021 Advanced Surveying Methods 20 points First Semester
SURV552 2021 Advanced Hydrographic Surveying 20 points Second Semester
SURV553 2021 Advanced Urban Design 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV554 2021 Advanced Environmental Engineering 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
SURV555 2021 Advanced Statutory Planning 20 points First Semester
SURV556 2021 Advanced Land Tenure 20 points Second Semester
SURV557 2021 Advanced Cadastral Surveying 20 points First Semester
SURV558 2021 Advanced Marine Law and the Environment 20 points Not offered in 2021
SURV559 2021 Advanced Engineering Surveying 20 points Second Semester
SURV562 2021 Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage 20 points Not offered in 2021
SURV563 2021 Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 20 points Not offered in 2021
SURV569 2021 Advanced Topics in Surveying 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
SURV573 2021 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2021
SURV574 2021 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2021
SURV575 2021 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2021
SURV580 2021 Research project 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SURV590 2021 Dissertation 60 points Full Year

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