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Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology BSST

Geographic information systems major

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful new technology
having a major impact on many professions. It is an information system
that uses computer-based maps generated from data collected in the
field in person, by photographs or by satellite. GIS can help people
manage resources more effectively, manage local government assets
more economically and analyse data precisely. The greatest impact
of GIS has been on the mapping industry. This major provides students
with the skills to analyse geographic data and help people with decision-making
in a range of areas, such as engineering, planning, environmental
science, commerce and surveying.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


3 years full-time, 6 years part-time or external

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (Surveying) program
is 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
as a graduate surveyor with the Queensland Surveyors Board. The degree,
together with relevant industry experience, enables registration and/or
licensing as a professional mining surveyor with the Surveyors Boards
of Queensland and New South Wales.

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

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology program equips students
with a core of basic technical, scientific, analytical, business administration
and communication skills that will permit them to undertake further
study of the 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.

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Program objectives

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

  • a broad knowledge of basic scientific and technical skills

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

  • appropriate written and oral communication skills

  • the capacity to analyse technical problems and propose solutions

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

  • a capacity to adapt to change and to master new technologies
    as they emerge

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

  • 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, certification and, where appropriate, registration
    as a Graduate Surveyor or GIS Spatial Scientist.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology is a 24 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. These 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 Technology and who satisfy all of the
requirements of the Associate Degree in Spatial Science may be permitted
to exit with that award.

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