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Study Surveying / Surveying Measurement at Otago

Overview

Surveyors work in a range of land, property and construction related areas. Using modern technology such as GPS and laser instruments surveyors precisely measure land, building, and features in the environment for mapping, development and spatial analysis.

Because of this close association with land and property the roles of the surveyor extends to land development engineering and urban design, resource management and land planning, property boundary surveying, and the determination of land ownership and rights.

The use of computer mapping technology in the form of Geographical Information systems also leads to work in the capture, display and management of spatial information. Surveyors typically work in a variety of settings – indoor and outdoor - and with a variety of other professions.

Career opportunities

The BSurv degree is the only academic qualification offered in New Zealand that will lead to licensing by the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board – a licence to carry out land title surveys that is also recognised in all Australian states. It can also lead to full Professional membership of Surveying + Spatial NZ (formerly the NZ Institute of Surveyors).

Graduates are employed in such diverse areas as measuring land and built-structure deformation; the design, layout and construction of subdivisions and services; property management; planning; hydrographic surveying; mining and construction surveying; and the application of geographic information systems.

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Contact details

School of Surveying

Email surveying@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/surveying

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Surveying (SURV) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Surveying Measurement

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 201  Surveying Methods 1

SURV 202  Surveying Mathematics

SURV 208  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SURV 298  Introductory Field Camp

Notes: ENGL 228 must be taken in the second semester of the first year of study.
Admission to SURV 201 and SURV 298 is limited and applications must be submitted by 15 November.

18

18

18

18

0

300-level

SURV 301  Surveying Methods 2

SURV 302  Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis

SURV 309  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies

SURV 399  Third Year Field Course

Three of SURV 206, SURV 306, SURV 319, SURV 322, SURV 329, SURV 413, SURV 450, SURV 451, SURV 452, SURV 459, SURV 462, SURV 463, PMAN 401

18

18

18

0

54

Plus

126 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Note: A Bachelor of Surveying degree is also offered.

126
Total   360

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Surveying

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Surveying

Papers and thesis

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Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

Notes:
i. Approved equivalent papers may be substituted for any of SURV 101, 102, ENGL 228, MATH 160.
ii. Those candidates who have taken and passed 24 units of English at NCEA Level 3, at an appropriate standard, may be exempt the ENGL 228 requirement.
iii. Those candidates who have taken and passed 24 units of Mathematics with Calculus at NCEA Level 3, at an appropriate standard, may be exempt all or part of MATH 160.

Year Papers Points
1st year

SURV 101  Introductory Surveying (or an approved equivalent)

SURV 102  Geospatial Science (or an approved equivalent)

ENGL 228  Writing for the Professions (or approved equivalents)

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

54 further points

18

18

18

18

54

2nd year

SURV 201  Surveying Methods 1

SURV 202  Surveying Mathematics

SURV 203  Land Development Engineering 1

SURV 204  Land Development Engineering 2

SURV 205  Statutory Planning A

SURV 206  Land Tenure 1

SURV 207  Cadastral Surveying 1

SURV 208  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SURV 298  Introductory Field Camp

SURV 299  Second Year Field Course

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

0

0

3rd year

SURV 301  Surveying Methods 2

SURV 302  Geodetic Reference Systems and Network Analysis

SURV 303  Urban Design 1

SURV 304  Land Development Engineering 3

SURV 306  Land Tenure 2

SURV 307  Cadastral Surveying 2

SURV 309  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies

SURV 399  Third Year Field Course

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

0

4th year

PMAN 401  Project Management

SURV 450  Professional Practice

SURV 455  Statutory Planning B

SURV 499  Vacation Employment

18

18

18

0

Plus

Additional papers worth at least 54 points from SURV 319, SURV 322SURV 329, SURV 410, SURV 411, SURV 412, SURV 413, SURV 451, SURV 452, SURV 453, SURV 454, SURV 456, SURV 457, SURV 458, SURV 459, SURV 460, SURV 462, SURV 463, SURV 469, SURV 470, SURV 480 including at least 36 400-level points.

54

Further papers in any subject to make a total of 522 points

18

Total   522

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Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (BSurv(Hons))

Year Papers Points
Prerequisites

The compulsory papers for the First, Second and Third Year courses for the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Surveying (in approved cases, students may be credited with or be granted exemptions from some papers on the basis of previous tertiary passes.)

Fourth Year compulsory papers

PMAN 501  Advanced Project Management

SURV 450  Professional Practice

SURV 455  Statutory Planning B

SURV 499  Vacation Employment

SURV 590  Dissertation

20

18

18

  0

60

Additional papers

Papers worth a minimum of 38 points, including at least 20 points at 500-level selected from:

SURV 319 (or SURV 519 (20 points)), SURV 322, SURV 329 (18 points each)

SURV 510, SURV 511, SURV 512, SURV 513, SURV 551, SURV 552, SURV 553, SURV 554SURV 556, SURV 557, SURV 558, SURV 559, SURV 562, SURV 563, SURV 569, (20 points each)

SURV 573, SURV 574, SURV 575 (40 points each)

38
Total   550

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