Surveying

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425500
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
Yes
Hannah Pearce

We went onto the roof of the Computer Science building one time to do a practical and having class outdoors, ten storeys up with an epic view, was great. Now I can't wait for Survey Camp.

Hannah Pearce

What's it all about?

■  Surveying supports all construction activity and infrastructure engineering in urban and rural environments, as well as mapping and monitoring the natural environment. The services of professional surveyors include; defining land boundaries, engineering and mining surveying, offshore surveys, digital mapping, precise positioning and property development. Registered surveyors are the only professionals who can redefine land boundaries.

What does it include?

■  Surveying is a perfect combination of indoors and outdoors. You will learn how to use a range of hi-tech tools such as GPSs, laser scanners, mapping drones and surveying robots to create high definition 3D models of the built and natural environment. You will also learn how to apply maths and powerful software to deliver products for a range of applications. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  Surveying is a global profession facing a major skills shortage with excellent opportunities in industries that underpin land markets, urban and rural development, and engineering construction. The four-year BE (Surveying) program is required for registration as a surveyor. Later you may design and manage major new land developments, ensure complex infrastructure is built to specifications, optimise mining operations and more.

Double degrees

■  Double degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our double degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Program outlines

■  Sample program outlines are given in the tables below. If you would like to see a downloadable version of these outlines, please visit our student resources page.

Sample Program Outlines*

Year 1

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT1110Surveying and Geospatial EngineeringThe course combines lectures, workshops and outdoor practical exercises using modern electronic surveying equipment. Topics include levelling, orientation, distance measurement which combine into coordinate reference systems.
Read moreL1 ElectiveENGG1440 and ENGG1300 are recommended first year electives for this program.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
Read moreL1 ElectiveENGG1440 and ENGG1300 are recommended first year electives for this program.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
GMAT2700Foundations of Geodesy & Geospatial Reference FramesCartesian coordinate systems, applications of Cartesian coordinate transformations in surveying.
ENGG2500Fluid Mechanics for EngineersAn Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN2002Engineering ComputationsAn introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
GMAT2500Surveying Computations APrerequisites: GMAT1110
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT2120Surveying & Geospatial TechnologyThis course will cover some contemporary terrestrial surveying instruments and their use.
GMAT2550Surveying Computations BPrerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT3100Surveying Applications & DesignThis course introduces the students to a wide variety of surveying applications undertaken as part of engineering projects.
GMAT3150Surveying Field ProjectsAn off campus survey camp, where survey projects of substantial extent are carried out.
GMAT3220Geospatial Information SystemsAn overview of the components of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT3700Geodetic Positioning & ApplicationsIntroduction to GNSS other than GPS, including GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT3420Cadastral Surveying & Land LawIntroduction to the legal system in Australia and NSW.
GMAT3500Remote Sensing & PhotogrammetryIntroduction to the geometric and spectral properties of remotely sensed (satellite, aerial or terrestrial) images of the Earth's surface or objects.
CVEN3101Engineering Operations and ControlThis subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN3501Water Resources EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN4951Thesis A 

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
CVEN4952Thesis B 
GMAT4150Field Projects 2Projects will involve small groups of students working as a team to complete the design and execution of selected tasks in Surveying and Spatial Information Systems.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
CVEN4953Thesis C 

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreL1 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN2002Engineering ComputationsAn introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
GMAT1110Surveying and Geospatial EngineeringThe course combines lectures, workshops and outdoor practical exercises using modern electronic surveying equipment. Topics include levelling, orientation, distance measurement which combine into coordinate reference systems.
GMAT2550Surveying Computations BPrerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2018Engineering Mathematics 2DPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
MATH2019Engineering Mathematics 2EPrerequisite: MATH1231 or DPST1014 or MATH1241 or MATH1251
ENGG1811Computing for EngineersThis course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
GMAT2120Surveying & Geospatial TechnologyThis course will cover some contemporary terrestrial surveying instruments and their use.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG2500Fluid Mechanics for EngineersAn Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
GMAT2700Foundations of Geodesy & Geospatial Reference FramesCartesian coordinate systems, applications of Cartesian coordinate transformations in surveying.
GMAT3100Surveying Applications & DesignThis course introduces the students to a wide variety of surveying applications undertaken as part of engineering projects.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT2500Surveying Computations APrerequisites: GMAT1110
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT3420Cadastral Surveying & Land LawIntroduction to the legal system in Australia and NSW.
GMAT3500Remote Sensing & PhotogrammetryIntroduction to the geometric and spectral properties of remotely sensed (satellite, aerial or terrestrial) images of the Earth's surface or objects.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT3150Surveying Field ProjectsAn off campus survey camp, where survey projects of substantial extent are carried out.
GMAT3220Geospatial Information SystemsAn overview of the components of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
GMAT3700Geodetic Positioning & ApplicationsIntroduction to GNSS other than GPS, including GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3101Engineering Operations and ControlThis subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
CVEN4951Thesis A 
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN3501Water Resources EngineeringRefer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN4952Thesis B 
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4953Thesis C 
GMAT4150Field Projects 2Projects will involve small groups of students working as a team to complete the design and execution of selected tasks in Surveying and Spatial Information Systems.

* To find more information about the courses and to view the course outlines, see the programs page on the School of Civil Engineering website. The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

Last updated 4/4/19