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Study Land Planning and Development at Otago

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Note:

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?

100-level

If you wish to complete the BSc in Land Planning and Development, you must take the following papers:

200-level

200-level papers include civil engineering, urban design, geographic information systems, land administration, land tenure and planning.

300-level

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.

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.

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.

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 120  Surveying and Spatial Science

SURV 130  People, Place and the Built Environment

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern 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 220  Geographic Information Science

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

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 two of SURV 306, SURV 309, SURV 319, SURV 329, SURV 450, SURV 453, SURV 454PMAN 401

18

18

18

36

Plus

126 further points.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

126
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 130  People, Place and the Built Environment

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern 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

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

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

SURV papers

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

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