Surveying and GIS

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Surveying and GIS

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Surveying and Spatial Information Systems deals with the science of determining relative positions of features above, on or below the surface of the Earth for range of mapping, engineering and construction operations. The course combines lectures, tutorials and outdoor practical exercises using modern electronic surveying equipment. Topics include leveling, orientation, distance measurement which combine into coordinate reference systems. Also traversing and control surveys, electronic detail surveys, construction setout, GPS satellite positioning, GIS and sources of spatial data such as remote sensing, aerial photography and satellite imagery. Basic land law and cadastral surveying for NSW is covered. The student will learn some basic surveying computations and to critically assess spatial data quality. Students will be expected to have a good background in trigonometry and geometry from high school mathematics.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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