Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course requires students to conduct an extensive project on any approved topic which contributes to the course objectives. The course concludes with a day of intensive seminar presentations by all students.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Manage an open ended research project.

2. Analyse and research open ended problems relevant to the surveying profession.

3. Generate a professional quality report.

4. Through oral presentations synthesize and articulate research outcomes.


  • A study into one of a variety of possible topics, involving surveying and/or a closely related matter and preferably involving a novel investigation.
  • Report preparation.
  • Seminar.


This course is only available to students active in Bachelor of Surveying [10374], Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) [12281], Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) [40058] or Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) / Bachelor of Business [40077] programs. Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 210 units to enrol in this course

Assumed knowledge

Completion of the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Surveying or Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) programs. Students should enrol in this course in the year they complete their degree.

Assessment items

Report: Progress Report

Presentation: Seminar

Written Assignment: Written Journal Article

Thesis: Thesis

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

NOTE: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the course outline handed to students in Week 1.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.