BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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Plan: BH101GS - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Geospatial Science) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Geospatial Science is a highly practical discipline and this underpins the learning environment in the program. The primary modes of delivery are face-to-face lectures, tutorials and extensive practical activities. However, several courses in the program are delivered online, rather than on-campus, and you are likely to find that other courses transition to online delivery as you progress through the program. All courses use CANVAS for electronic provision of course material, tutorial problems, past exams and/or other relevant documents. Students have many opportunities to engage in field excursions, camps and other off site activities. Many activities are also held at our field station at Yarra Bend and in specialist computer laboratories within the School. Group work is encouraged and fostered through these practical activities.

The approaches to teaching and learning, that will form the basis of your learning experiences, include:

  • Activities such as field work that engage you in real world situations;
  • Projects that simulate, and in some cases are conducted with industry;
  • Learning activities that build upon the fundamental skills required for work in the geospatial sciences;
  • Learning activities that require you to participate in team development;
  • Tasks that require technical competence in the field.

Assessment is multi-faceted and may consist of examinations, practical reports, field work, projects and assignments. Oral presentations are required in a number of courses. The forms of assessment used will vary for each course, given the differing objectives.

Most of the assessments you complete (the exception is exams) will enable the teaching staff to provide you with constructive feedback.  This will enable you to improve your future performancee.  Speak to the teaching staff if you are not receiving helpful feedback, and consult the RMIT University assessment policy: see rights and responsibilities and assessment and exams

If you have a long-term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage, it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – refer to: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience.  As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and  demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; and
  • complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations

In this program, you will be doing specific course(s) that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from practicing professionals in your field. 

In second year, you will carry out a research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1664 Science Mentored Research Project 1.

In third year, you will undertake a second research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1665 Science Mentored Research Project 2. You will also complete ONPS2186 Science Project and ONPS2335 The Professional Scientist. In both of these courses you will have the opportunity to learn, apply and demonstrate professional science practice.

In the fourth year of study, you will carry out a major research project in the four Science Honours Project courses (ONPS2663 Science Honours Project 1, ONPS2452 Science Honours Project 2, ONPS2454 Science Honours Project 3 and ONPS2456 Science Honours Project 4). In these courses you will work individually under the guidance of a research active scientist.

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Program Structure

Please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Cartography 1 12 GEOM2077 City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics A 12 MATH2163 City Campus
Scientific Skills and Communication 12 ONPS2334 City Campus
Introduction to Surveying 12 GEOM2088 City Campus
Applied Geospatial Techniques 12 GEOM2083 City Campus
Physical Geography 12 GEOM1022 City Campus
Spatial Information Science Fundamentals 12 GEOM1033 City Campus
Plane Surveying and Computations 12 GEOM2089 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Cartography 2 12 GEOM2079 City Campus
Science Mentored Research Placement 1 12 ONPS1664 City Campus
Distributed Mapping 12 GEOM2140 City Campus
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 12 GEOM2084 City Campus
Spatial Information Science Principles 12 GEOM1044 City Campus
Geospatial Programming 12 GEOM2159 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from Geospatial Option List: Please refer to the list of Geospatial Option Courses at the end of this program structure document
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Science Mentored Research Placement 2 12 ONPS1665 City Campus
Cartography 3 12 GEOM2081 City Campus
Advanced Imaging Technology 12 GEOM2086 City Campus
Spatial Information Science Analytics 12 GEOM1057 City Campus
The Professional Scientist 12 ONPS2335 City Campus
Science Project 1 12 ONPS2186 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from Geospatial Option List: Please refer to the list of Geospatial Option Courses at the end of this program structure document
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Spatial Information Science 12 GEOM2138 City Campus
Science Honours Research Methods 12 ONPS2412 City Campus
Science Honours Project 1 24 ONPS2663 City Campus
Science Honours Project 2 12 ONPS2452 City Campus
Science Honours Project 3 12 ONPS2454 City Campus
Science Honours Project 4 12 ONPS2456 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Geospatial Options:

List of Geospatial Option Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Accounting in Organisations and Society 12 ACCT1046 City Campus
Business Advisory Services 12 ACCT1022 City Campus
Planning and Environmental Regulation 12 ARCH1059 City Campus
Property Economics 12 BUIL1149 City Campus
Introduction to Programming 12 COSC1519 City Campus
Web Programming 12 COSC2413 City Campus
Environmental Sustainability 12 ENVI1192 City Campus
Environmental Processes and Change 12 ENVI1211 City Campus
Sustainable Futures 12 ENVI1153 City Campus
GPS Mapping 12 GEOM2139 City Campus
Professional Practice 12 GEOM2116 City Campus
Land Development 12 GEOM2075 City Campus
Human Geography 12 HUSO1104 City Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution 12 HWSS1144 City Campus
Digital Business Design and Innovation 12 ISYS1051 City Campus
Database Concepts 12 ISYS1057 City Campus
Civil Obligations 12 JUST2315 City Campus
Mathematics and Statistics 12 MATH2123 City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B 12 MATH2164 City Campus
Physics of Satellite Measurement 12 PHYS2088 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Main changes in the BH101 program and Transition Plan for 2020:

Some minor changes will be introduced in Semester 1, 2020 as part of the quality improvement process.  These changes will also facilitate credit for similar courses completed at other Australian universities or overseas through Global Mobility studies. 

The changes and transitional arrangements for students active in BH101 prior to Semester 1 2020 are outlined below.  Program staff are also available to answer specific queries or advise on special cases.

Revised courses

The following courses have been revised.  Where students have completed or been credited with these courses prior to the introduction of this program change in 2020, their completed or credited course will be deemed equivalent to the amended version of the same course. 

Year

Former course

Credit points

Year

Equivalent amended course

Credit points

2

GEOM2089 Surveying 2

12

1

GEOM2089 Plane Surveying & Computations

12

2

PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics

12

2

PHYS2088 Physics of Satellite Measurement

12

Renamed courses

The following courses have been renamed to better reflect the course content.  Where students have completed or been credited with these courses prior to the introduction of this program change in 2020, their completed course will be deemed equivalent to the renamed version of the same course. 

Year

Former course name

Equivalent course with new name

Credit points

1

GEOM2091 Surveying 1

GEOM2091 Introduction to Surveying

12

2

GEOM2091 Surveying 3

GEOM2091 Terrestrial Surveying

12

2

GEOM2084 Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry 1

GEOM2084 Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry

12

3

GEOM2086 Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry 2

GEOM2086 Advanced Imaging Technology

12

Course replacements

Three courses have been removed from the program and replaced with three other courses with content more relevant to the future of the geospatial science industry and to provide better alignment and sequencing with other courses. 

The deleted courses are:

  • PHYS1080 Introduction to Physical Modelling (year 1)
  • GEOM2139 GPS Mapping (year 2)
  • 3rd University Elective (year 3)

The new courses added are:

  • GEOM2159 Geospatial Programming (year 2)
  • GEOM2161 Statistics & Measurement Analysis (year 2)
  • ONPS2543 Science Work Experience (nominally year 3 but can be completed at any stage)

Where students have completed or been credited with PHYS1080 Introduction to Physical Modelling, this will be deemed equivalent to GEOM2159 Geospatial Programming. 

Transition plan for GEOM2161 Statistics & Measurement Analysis

GEOM2161 Statistics & Measurement Analysis covers material which was previously covered as part of GEOM2089 and PHYS2088.  The position in the second year of the program now occupied by GEOM2161 was previously occupied by GEOM2139 GPS Mapping which has been deleted. 

As noted above under “Revised Courses” where students have completed either or both of GEOM2089 or PHYS2088, these will be deemed equivalent to the amended versions of the same courses.   

In addition, where a student has completed all three of GEOM2089, PHYS2088 and GEOM2139, their completion of GEOM2139 GPS Mapping will be deemed equivalent to completion of the new GEOM2161 Statistics and Measurement Analysis.  This is expected to be the most common scenario for transition. 

However, where a student has completed GEOM2139 but has not completed both of GEOM2089 and PHYS2088, much of the content of GEOM2161 will not have been previously covered. In that case:

  • GEOM2161 Statistics and Measurement Analysis will need to be completed; AND
  • GEOM2139 GPS Mapping will be able to be used in place of a course that is otherwise selected from the list of Program Options in year 3 or year 4.

These scenarios are summarised in the following table:

Completed prior to Program Change (before 2020)

Substitute courses accepted as equivalent

PHYS2088

GEOM2089

GEOM2139

PHYS2088

GEOM2089

GEOM2161

Yes

Yes

Yes

Equivalent

Equivalent

Equivalent

Yes

Yes

No

Equivalent

Equivalent

No

Yes

No

Yes

Equivalent

No

No but can be used for any program option

No

Yes

Yes

No

Equivalent

No but can be used for any program option

Yes

No

No

Equivalent

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Equivalent

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No but can be used for any program option

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