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Surveying

Surveying

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-SURVY

Course
Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

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 honours degree in surveying in Western Australia. The course draws upon elements from a diversity of disciplines, including computing, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, management, mathematics and physics.

You'll 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, drone surveying, digital mapping, land and environmental management, laser scanning, satellite positioning and specialised alignment surveying.

This course has an alternative pathway that enables you to focus on mine surveying in your third year, at the WA School of Mines (Kalgoorlie Campus). In this pathway, you'll graduate instead with a Bachelor of Surveying Technology (Mine Surveying).

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and the WA Institute of Surveyors.

Graduates can apply to the Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia to enter a practical training agreement to become a licensed surveyor (which requires two years of futher training).

Further licensing in the fields of hydrographic surveying and mine surveying are available. Contact the course coordinator for details.

Career information

Careers

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

Industries

  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Government (local, state and federal)
  • Real estate
  • Scientific and technical services

What you'll learn

  • Apply surveying principles, concepts and methods to surveying tasks and applications
  • Think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse surveying problems by recognising and applying technologies to their advantages and limitations when applied to surveying
  • Access, evaluate and synthesise surveying, spatial and related information from multiple sources, communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of surveying
  • Analyse, describe and engage in Australian and international best practice standards in surveying methods and technologies through self-learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
  • Recognise and appreciate diverse indigenous knowledge perspectives, cultures, histories as well as apply professional and surveying discipline specific tasks and contexts in relation to indigenous peoples, and cultural capabilities
  • 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)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

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

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.

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

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR desirable.

  • STAT entry : STAT elements considered are W, E and Q.  STAT applicants will be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This study may extend the duration of their studies.

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.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:

    TAFE equivalent may be considered on an individual basis.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR desirable.

  • STAT entry : STAT elements considered are W, E and Q.  STAT applicants will be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This study may extend the duration of their studies.

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.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Methods ATAR desirable.

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 unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

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

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $7,000*

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.

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2021

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus

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  • Curtin course code: BH-SURVY
  • CRICOS code: 102612A
  • Last updated on: May 10, 2021