BH116 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)

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Plan: BH116 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BAppSc(Surv)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time (8 semesters)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031101
CRICOS code: 084350E

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)(Honours) degree will engender in you the ability to apply scientific principles in professional practice as well as research establishments. On completion of the program, you will have a sound scientific knowledge providing the foundation for a professional career in Surveying and Geospatial Science industries.

The program objectives are:

  • to develop your knowledge and fundamental skills essential for all aspects of work and research in the geospatial sciences and surveying industries;
  • to provide you with the opportunity to build then demonstrate knowledge in all areas of geospatial science and surveying applications including engineering and topographical (city and town) surveying; cadastral surveying (the definition of property boundaries); mining and hydrographic surveying (depth of water, nature of sea beds, location of currents, etc); land development and geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, mapping, and geographical visualisation;
  • to demonstrate your capabilities through field work, presentations, projects and reports;
  • to prepare you for research and work in the geospatial sciences and surveying practices to lead the way in a changing global market confronted by technological, economic, cultural, environmental and regulatory forces.

You will also undertake a capstone experience in the final year courses GEOM2114 Geospatial Science Major Project A and GEOM2115 Geospatial Science Major Project B, in which you will conduct an independent research project that must demonstrate elements of research and enquiry, including a literature review, analysis and discussion. All projects are reviewed by an industry panel as a part of the assessment.

This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have completed the:

Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services (CPP60109)


Advanced Diploma of Surveying (CPP60312)

You may gain entry into the:BH116, Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying)(Honours)
provided you have a GPA of:2.0 out of 4.0 or higher
and if selected you will get credit for:9 Courses - equivalent to 108 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  1. GEOM2088 - Surveying 1
  2. ONPS2334 - Scientific Skills and Communication
  3. GEOM2077 - Cartography 1
  4. GEOM1022 - Physical Geography
  5. GEOM1033 - Spatial Information Science Fundamentals
  6. GEOM2083 - Applied Geospatial Techniques
  7. GEOM2139 - GPS Mapping
  8. University Student Elective
  9. University Student Elective

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at .

If you require further details on the programs refer to the destination Program's information provided in RMIT Handbook.

Students transfering from BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)

Applications for transfer from BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) will only be considered after successful completion of the first year of Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours) and the course MATH2163 Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics A. A credit level average must be obtained and transfer will only be possible if there are suitable vacancies in the BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) program. Students accepted into this program will receive credit for all courses common between the two programs.

If you articulated with the Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services (CPP60109) or Advanced Diploma of Surveying (CPP60312) into BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours) and received the agreed credit for three (3) University Student Electives, then on acceptance of your transfer into BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) you will have to relinquish one of these University Student Elective credits in accordance with the articulation agreement above, because  BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) only has two University Student Electives in the program.  


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is currently externally accredited through the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria (SRBV).  This means that the Board has identified it as one of the qualifications that leads to registration as a Licensed Surveyor in Victoria. More information about the process for becoming registered following graduation can be found on the Board's website (

The Board is also a member of the Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand (CRSBANZ).  Since 1892 the Council has been overseeing the reciprocal recognition of surveyor licensing between Australian States and Territories and New Zealand.  This includes setting standards for qualifications that are accredited by the respective Boards.  For more information on the mutual recognition of University qualifications and licensing across Australia & New Zealand refer to the Council's website (

The program is also accredited by the Land Surveyors Board of Malaysia as a recognised qualification.  

It has international external accreditation through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is an international association of professional surveyors.  

The School of Science also has extensive links with industry across all streams of this program, including cartography, spatial sciences and surveying.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) enjoys an excellent academic and vocational reputation. The program is widely recognised by industry employers as producing graduates who are well informed, motivated, adaptable and industry ready. In fact, the range of capabilities of our graduates has often led to them being singled-out and eagerly snapped-up by prospective employers. 

As a graduate, you will be eligible for admission to the Institution of Surveyors (Victoria) and the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia (SSSI) and RICS.

A Program Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the spatial sciences meets regularly to ensure the program's relevance to the surveying and geospatial information industries. Industry partners form a strong link with RMIT, with a number of opportunities for students to participate in industry related teaching and learning activities, such as field and project work.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

A Geospatial Science Library Guide for survering and geospatial science is available at:

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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