Bachelor of Surveying

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Surveyors are involved in the collection, manipulation, storage and sharing of spatial data, in relation to land, sea, space, forensics and medicine, to name just a few. Many industry surveyors are experts in measurement and measurement systems.

NO INTAKE OF NEW STUDENTS FROM 2013. PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS BEING REPLACED BY THE BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS)(SURVEYING).


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


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There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5) or HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed a science related subject may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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Honours is awarded on the basis of superior performance throughout the program.

The B Surveying program uses the WAM as a measure for determining Honours, and shall grade on the WAM equivalent to the following grades (in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743):

A minimum WAM of 77 and a minimum mark of 75 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class 1; a minimum WAM of 72 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 1; a minimum WAM of 67 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 2;

Performance is based on a three year WAM where 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses are weighted by 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

Further information on the WAM Calculation is available at:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Faculties/Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment/PDFs/FEBE_WAMCalculation.pdf


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The surveying degree is recognised by the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW and the reciprocating boards of surveyors in Australia and New Zealand. This qualification can lead to registration through Australia and New Zealand. On completion of the degree students are entitled to membership of the Institution of Surveyors, NSW and its affiliated national and international organisations.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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The surveying program is a four year program comprising 320 units and is available at Callaghan Campus. There is a strong emphasis on practical laboratory and field exercises throughout the program which complement theoretical studies.

Please Note: Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information

Students wishing to undertake the program on a part-time basis are advised to contact the Program Convenor for advice on optimum selection of courses for part-time enrolment.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
GENG1001Engineering MechanicsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GENG1002Introduction to Engineering ComputationsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GENG1803Introduction to Engineering PracticeSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

MATH1210 may be taken in lieu of MATH1110.( The assumed competency for MATH1210 is HSC Extension 1 with performance in Band 4)

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics 2

MATH1220 may be undertaken in lieu of MATH1120.

Mid Summer - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1205Integrated PhysicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SURV1110Surveying 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV1120Surveying 2Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CIVL2280Geomechanics 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CIVL2310Fluid MechanicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CIVL2720Transportation Engineering and DesignSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LEGL2009Survey and Engineering LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SURV2130Surveying 3Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV2180Electronic SurveyingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV2340Survey ComputingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
SURV2650Spatial Data Systems and Remote SensingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV3350Analysis of ObservationsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV3510Geodesy 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV3610Photogrammetry 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV3930Land Boundary Definition.Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CIVL4330HydrologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CIVL4450Water EngineeringSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
GENG3830Engineering Project ManagementSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4110Industrial SurveyingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4410Astronomy and Satellite PositioningSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4720Land ValuationSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4730Town PlanningSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4850Project

Students may choose EITHER SURV4850A AND SURV4850B OR SURV4850 (with Program Convenor Approval)

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
SURV4850AProjectA

Students may choose EITHER SURV4850A AND SURV4850B OR SURV4850 (with Program Convenor Approval)

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
SURV4850BProjectB

Students may choose EITHER SURV4850A AND SURV4850B OR SURV4850 (with Program Convenor Approval)

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units