Surveying

(Honours)
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+61 2 9385 5033
UAC Code: 
425500
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
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.

Dual degrees

■  Dual 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 dual 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*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students 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.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students 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.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
GMAT1110 Surveying and Geospatial Engineering The 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.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students 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 code Course name Notes
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
GMAT2120 Surveying & Geospatial Technology This course will cover some contemporary terrestrial surveying instruments and their use.
Read more Engineering Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
GMAT2700 Foundations of Geodesy & Geospatial Reference Frames Cartesian coordinate systems, applications of Cartesian coordinate transformations in surveying.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2002 Engineering Computations An introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
CVEN2401 Sustainable Transport and High Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.
GMAT2500 Surveying Computations A Prerequisites: GMAT1110

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control This subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
GMAT2550 Surveying Computations B Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241.
GMAT3420 Cadastral Surveying & Land Law Introduction to the legal system in Australia and NSW.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
GMAT3100 Surveying Applications & Design This course introduces the students to a wide variety of surveying applications undertaken as part of engineering projects.
GMAT3150 Surveying Field Projects An off campus survey camp, where survey projects of substantial extent are carried out.
GMAT3220 Geospatial Information Systems An overview of the components of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
GMAT3700 Geodetic Positioning & Applications Introduction to GNSS other than GPS, including GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
CVEN4951 Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
GMAT4150 Field Projects 2 Projects 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.
CVEN4952 Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
GMAT3500 Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Introduction to the geometric and spectral properties of remotely sensed (satellite, aerial or terrestrial) images of the Earth's surface or objects.
CVEN4953 Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

* 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.