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Associate Degree of Spatial Science ADSS

Geographic Information Systems major

This major provides students with the technical skills required
to work in the expanding area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Students undertake studies in surveying, land studies, spatial analysis
and modelling, problem solving, data visualisation and presentation,
information management, photogrammetry, remote sensing and GIS. Coursework
can be credited towards a Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (GIS)
or Bachelor of Spatial Science (GIS).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


2 years full-time, 4 years part-time or external

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Associate Degree in Spatial Science (Surveying)
may seek registration with the Board of Surveyors in Queensland. The
program is accredited by the Surveyors Board of Queensland. Graduates
from both majors are also eligible for memberships with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences
Institute Australia.

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Program aims

The Associate Degree in Spatial Science program provides students
with the theory, methods and practices required by an associate to
support a practising professional spatial scientist. To this end the
program provides students with a general understanding of the broad
practice and knowledge in the spatial science profession and the technical
skills to work in one of two fields: Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), or Surveying.

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Program objectives

A student who successfully completes the Associate Degree in
Spatial Science will be able to demonstrate:

  • a broad knowledge of the basic scientific and technical skills
    required to function at an associate level

  • an effective level of computer literacy

  • appropriate written and oral communication skills

  • the ability to propose solutions for technical problems in accordance
    with established procedures and practices

  • an understanding of, and the ability to undertake, some of the
    processes required to collect, store, and manipulate a variety of
    spatial data

  • a capacity to adapt to change and to master new techniques

  • a basic understanding of the natural, social, professional,
    industrial and technical environments in which they will work

  • the skills required to access information and an aptitude to
    undertake further learning and study

  • a knowledge of surveying or spatial information systems of sufficient
    depth to gain employment in a technical support role in the spatial
    science industry.

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Program structure

The Associate Degree in Spatial Science is a 16 unit program
consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses.

Academic courses are normally one-unit courses and involve approximately
155 hours of student work per unit.

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Exit points

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete the
Associate Degree of Spatial Science and who satisfy all of the requirements
of the Diploma of Engineering Studies may be permitted to exit with
that award.

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