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Bachelor of Spatial Science BSPS

Geographic Information Systems major


The program provides students with the educational requirements
to become a professional spatial scientist and equips them with a
core of basic theoretical, scientific, analytical, managerial, professional,
research and communication skills that will permit them to undertake
an in-depth study of the fundamental science and practice of Geographic
Information Systems (GIS). Additionally, students obtain knowledge
of the natural, legal, commercial, industrial and social environments
in which they will function as professionals.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time or external

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Spatial Science (Surveying) is fully accredited
by the Surveyors Board of Queensland and is recognised in every Australian
state and in New Zealand through reciprocal arrangements. The degree,
together with relevant industry experience, enables registration and/or
licensing as a professional surveyor with the Boards of Surveyors
in Australia and New Zealand.

The Surveying
and Spatial Science Institute Australia has accredited both
program majors and graduates are eligible for membership.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Spatial Science program provides students with
the educational requirements to become a professional spatial scientist
and the ability to undertake postgraduate studies. The program equips
students with a core of basic theoretical, scientific, analytical,
managerial, professional, research and communication skills that will
permit them to undertake an in-depth study of the fundamental science
and practice of spatial science in one of two fields: Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) or Surveying.

In addition, students obtain knowledge of the natural, legal,
commercial, industrial and social environments in which they will
function as professionals. The program instils in students the need
for continuing professional development and gives them the ability
to adapt to change.

The program is designed to identify, and award honours to, students
who have the capacity to undertake study at an advanced level and
to make an original contribution to the fundamental science and practice
of spatial science. The award of honours will be determined by academic
performance and is normally based on a student's grade point average
(GPA).

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Program objectives

A student who successfully completes the Bachelor of Spatial
Science should be able to demonstrate:

  • a broad knowledge of basic scientific and technical skills

  • a high level of computer literacy skills appropriate to their
    field of study

  • a high level of written and oral communication skills

  • a capacity for analysis, evaluation and synthesis

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

  • a capacity to adapt to change and to apply innovation

  • an understanding of the natural, social, professional, industrial
    and technical environments in which they will practice

  • a knowledge of professional journals and other information sources
    related to the spatial science industry, the skills required to access
    information from those sources, and an aptitude to undertake further
    learning and study

  • an ability to undertake applied research in a field of the spatial
    science discipline

  • a knowledge of the financial and management principles and practices
    that are used to manage a professional office

  • a knowledge of surveying or spatial information systems of sufficient
    depth to gain employment, certification and, where appropriate, registration
    as a Professional Surveyor or Spatial Scientist.


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Program structure

The Bachelor of Spatial Science is a 32-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.

Practice courses are zero unit courses and each involves approximately
50 hours of student work. The only grades available for a Practice
Course are Pass (P) and Fail (F). A Practice Course is designed to
enable students to acquire specific competencies associated with their
major study. The competencies range from specific practical and communication
skills through to generic competencies relating to ethical and social
responsibility, awareness of the environment, teamwork, etc. For an
external student a Practice Course generally involves attendance on-campus
for a one-week residential school.

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Exit points

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

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