Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)Program details
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RMIT offers the only undergraduate surveying degree in Victoria. It is accredited with local and international surveying organisations and thoroughly prepares you to enter the profession.
Surveyors use advanced equipment and specialised software to determine the accurate position of features. These include:
- robotic laser instruments to observe and record surveys
- light beams to electronically measure distance
- satellite positioning technology (GPS) to fix positions.
This degree provides you with the essential skills and knowledge required to succeed as a professional surveyor. These include:
- a thorough knowledge of algebra, basic calculus, geometry, and trigonometry
- the laws that deal with surveys, property, and contracts
- the ability to use delicate instruments with accuracy and precision.
How you will learn
Early in the degree, you’ll study the fundamentals of measurement science, cartography, and spatial information science (GIS). Other required skills in mathematics, statistics, and physics are also covered.
Later, more specialised studies are offered in geodesy, map projections, spatial analysis, remote sensing, image analysis, and professional practice.
Specialised studies in cadastral and engineering surveying, GPS, and advanced adjustment methods are central components of the degree.
Field camps are held in the second and third years to reinforce theoretical learning and allow you to exercise your knowledge of real-world problems.
Practical work is based on industry-standard software and hardware, the same tools you will find in the workplace. You will have ample opportunities to develop skills and experience with these tools.
Learning support includes a first-year transition program, academic coordinators for each year level, and an active Geospatial Science Student Association. There is also a dedicated field station at Yarra Bend Park to support practical work.
A bit of surveying work during a gap year opened up a new world of possibilities for Jon Allemand and he is looking forward to commencing a career that will take him to new places.
After working in the industry, Lucas Smith decided to further his career by studying the Advanced Diploma in Surveying, taking the first step towards his goal of becoming a licensed surveyor.