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Surveying

Surveying

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours

B-SURV

Course
Bachelor of Surveying
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Measure the Earth's surface and its features using sophisticated technology.

Surveying

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Broad career options

The only comprehensive surveying degree in Western Australia

Surveying is a highly-specialised, professional discipline, which involves measuring the surface of the Earth and its features. Surveyors use sophisticated technology and scientific principles to provide practical surveying solutions and services to many areas of government and industry.

Curtin offers the only comprehensive degree in surveying in Western Australia. It draws upon elements from disciplines as diverse as computing, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, management, mathematics and physics.

In this course, you will study specialist areas, such as cadastral surveying, engineering surveying, geodesy and photogrammetry, and related areas, such as hydrographic surveying, land development, mine surveying, planning and remote sensing.

You will also become familiar with high-tech areas, such as airborne and marine navigation, digital mapping, land and environmental management, laser scanning, satellite positioning and specialised alignment surveying.

The fourth year of the course can incorporate an honours program, which can lead directly into the Master of Philosophy (Surveying and Mapping) and the Doctor of Philosophy.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Hands-on, interactive approach.
  • State-of-the-art equipment and labs.
  • Opportunities exist with local, state and federal governments and in private practice.
  • Industry sectors that rely on qualified surveyors include land development, construction, the military, tourism, mapping, resource development and mining.

How this course will make you industry ready

Throughout your studies, you’ll use state-of-the-art software and equipment regularly found in industry. In your final year, you’ll complete a project relevant to, and possibly in cooperation with, industry and government.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

Graduates are also eligible for licensing by the Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia after a minimum of two years of additional training.

Career information

Careers

  • Engineering surveyor
  • Hydrographic surveyor
  • Licensed land surveyor
  • Mine surveyor

Industries

  • Construction
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Mining
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Further study

  • Master of Science (Geospatial Science)
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

What you'll learn

  • apply surveying concepts and methods to surveying applications
  • think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse surveying problems
  • access, evaluate and synthesise spatial and related information from multiple sources
  • communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of surveying
  • use and apply technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations when applied to surveying
  • demonstrate responsibility and self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • describe and apply australian and international best practice standards in surveying methods and technologies
  • demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
  • work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Written English and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Written English and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

    OR

    • TAFE Diploma of Surveying (CPP50116); or
    • TAFE Advanced Diploma of SIS (CPP60112).
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

  • STAT entry : Written English and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-SURV
  • CRICOS code: 003922M
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019