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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

Outline

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

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 that 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 numerous areas of government and industry.

Curtin offers the only comprehensive degree in surveying in Western Australia. This course draws upon elements from a diversity of disciplines, including computing, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, management, mathematics and physics.

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’ll 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.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

  • A range of industry sectors rely on qualified surveyors, including land development, construction, the military, tourism, mapping, resource development and mining.
  • Career opportunities occur across local, state and federal governments and industry.
  • Curtin delivers the only comprehensive degree in surveying in WA.
  • We provide you with hands-on, interactive approach to learning, and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

How this course will make you industry ready

Throughout your studies, you’ll use state-of-the-art software and equipment used in industry. In your final year, you’ll complete a practical project relevant to and perhaps 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 and the WA Institute of Surveyors.

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
  • Real estate

Further study

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

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

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  • Curtin course code: B-SURV
  • CRICOS code: 003922M
  • Last updated on: August 31, 2020