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.
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.
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.
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.
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 101 Introductory Surveying
SURV 102 Geospatial Science
MATH 160 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 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.
SURV 303 Urban Design 1
SURV 304 Land Development Engineering 3
SURV 455 Statutory Planning 3
108 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 101 Introductory Surveying
MATH 160 Mathematics 1
if SURV 203 and SURV 204 are selected, SURV 297 must be taken concurrently
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|
|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|
Key information for future students
Department of Surveying