Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course follows, and is linked to, SURV4850A. The course involves the continuation of an extensive project on an approved research topic which contributes to the course objectives. Concludes with a day of intensive seminar presentations by all students.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) program, or 3rd year of the Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) program. 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.