Geospatial science (ES006)

Geospatial scientists and surveyors shape the cities and spaces around us. Extend yourself and gain a better understanding of the world you live in.

Geospatial science and surveying are rapidly expanding fields that involve problem solving in the real world, practical application of maths, scientific observation and measurement of all aspects of the physical world. Graduates from our geospatial and surveying bachelor degrees are in high demand.

What you will study

Mathematics for surveying and geospacial science (Semester 1)

Available for study on campus

Mathematics for surveying and geospacial science provides a broad introduction to the fundamental mathematical procedures (such as differentiation) and objects (such as vectors and matrices) required by surveyors and geospatial scientists and will foster your technical competence in mathematics. Fortnightly practice classes develop your capability to solve problems and to apply mathematical ideas and techniques. You will generally work collaboratively in these classes, discussing problems amongst yourselves and with practice class tutors in attendance. Practice classes and class tests aim to reinforce and develop your skills. In order to interest and motivate you, lectures are example-driven and application-based.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Physical Geography (Semester 2)

Available for study on campus

This course introduces students to the key areas of physical geography, geomorphology, meteorology, oceanography and hydrology. These concepts are examined in depth within the course with real examples used to facilitate this study. You will be introduced to the early methods used by scientists to date the age of the earth and go on to investigate current earth formation theory. Reasons for geomorphological variation across the earth’s surface including the tectonic and gradational landform processes that shape our physical environment are taught. Classification of weather patterns form part of the meteorology component of the course. Oceanography and hydrology - the movement of water beneath and above the earth’s surface – are studied by using a series of real-world examples including examinations of how oceans shape our coastlines.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes check the course guide.

Entry requirements

You must be in your final year of your VCE studies and will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in VCE units 3 and 4 Geography.

Acceptance into this course requires a recommendation from your Year 12 coordinator and your school principal. Parental/guardian permission is also necessary.

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