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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 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 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 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

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

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
SURV101 2022 Introductory Surveying 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SURV102 2022 Geospatial Science 18 points Semester 2
SURV169 2022 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2022
SURV201 2022 Surveying Methods 1 18 points Semester 1
SURV202 2022 Surveying Mathematics 18 points Semester 2
SURV203 2022 Land Development Engineering 1 18 points Semester 1
SURV204 2022 Land Development Engineering 2 18 points Semester 2
SURV205 2022 Statutory Planning A 18 points Semester 2
SURV206 2022 Land Tenure 1 18 points Semester 1
SURV207 2022 Cadastral Surveying 1 18 points Semester 2
SURV208 2022 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 18 points Semester 1
SURV297 2022 Land Development Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV298 2022 Introductory Field Camp 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV299 2022 Second Year Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV301 2022 Surveying Methods 2 18 points 1st Non standard period
SURV302 2022 Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis 18 points Semester 1
SURV303 2022 Urban Design 1 18 points Semester 1
SURV304 2022 Land Development Engineering 3 18 points Semester 2
SURV306 2022 Land Tenure 2 18 points Semester 2
SURV307 2022 Cadastral Surveying 2 18 points Semester 2
SURV309 2022 Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies 18 points Semester 1
SURV319 2022 Spatial Algorithms and Programming 18 points Semester 1
SURV322 2022 Hydrographic Surveying 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV329 2022 Selected Topics in Surveying 1 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SURV399 2022 Third Year Field Course 0 points 1st Non standard period
SURV411 2022 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling 18 points Semester 2
SURV412 2022 Geovisualisation and Cartography 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV413 2022 Resource Mapping and Image Processing 18 points Semester 2
SURV450 2022 Professional Practice 18 points Semester 2
SURV451 2022 Surveying Methods 3 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV452 2022 Hydrographic Surveying 2 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV453 2022 Urban Design 2 18 points Semester 2
SURV454 2022 Environmental Engineering 18 points Semester 1
SURV455 2022 Statutory Planning B 18 points Semester 1
SURV456 2022 Land Tenure 3 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV457 2022 Cadastral Surveying 3 18 points Semester 1
SURV458 2022 Marine Law and the Environment 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV459 2022 Engineering Surveying 18 points Semester 2
SURV460 2022 Construction Management 9 points Semester 2
SURV462 2022 Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV463 2022 Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 18 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV469 2022 Selected Topics in Surveying 2 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SURV470 2022 Professional Project 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SURV473 2022 Special Topic 36 points Not offered in 2022
SURV474 2022 Special Topic 36 points Not offered in 2022
SURV480 2022 Research Project 36 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SURV499 2022 Vacation Employment 0 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Full Year
SURV509 2022 Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies 20 points Semester 1
SURV511 2022 Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modelling 20 points Semester 2
SURV512 2022 Geovisualisation and Cartography 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV513 2022 Resource Mapping and Image Processing 20 points Semester 2
SURV519 2022 Spatial Algorithms and Programming 20 points Semester 1
SURV551 2022 Advanced Surveying Methods 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV552 2022 Advanced Hydrographic Surveying 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV553 2022 Advanced Urban Design 20 points Semester 2
SURV554 2022 Advanced Environmental Engineering 20 points Semester 1
SURV555 2022 Advanced Statutory Planning 20 points Semester 1
SURV556 2022 Advanced Land Tenure 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV557 2022 Advanced Cadastral Surveying 20 points Semester 1
SURV558 2022 Advanced Marine Law and the Environment 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV559 2022 Advanced Engineering Surveying 20 points Semester 2
SURV562 2022 Hydrographic Field Design and Voyage 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV563 2022 Advanced Practical Techniques in Hydrography 20 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
SURV569 2022 Advanced Topics in Surveying 20 points Semester 1, Semester 2
SURV573 2022 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2022
SURV574 2022 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2022
SURV575 2022 Special Topic 40 points Not offered in 2022
SURV580 2022 Research project 40 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period
SURV590 2022 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period

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