BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)

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Plan: BH117 - Bachelor of Science (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. All courses use online learning materials to support the teaching and learning program. However, these are

used as additional elements and rarely replace face-to-face contact. You will have many opportunities to engage in field excursions, camps and other off site activities. Many activities are also held at our field station at Bundoora 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 performances. Speak to the teaching staff if you are not receiving helpful feedback, and consult the RMIT University assessment policy: see https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/governance-and-management/policies/assessment-policy

The Study and Learning Centre (SLC) is able to provide support for all students with Maths, English, Chemistry, and general Study Skills.

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
    • gain benefits from these interactions and the work context as they provide a distinctive source of feedback to assist your learning.

These learning opportunities may be in the form of two work experience courses GEOM2163 & GEOM2164 as well as industry-based major projects, simulations or placements.

The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours) program places particular emphasis on equipping you so that you are able to readily assume productive roles in the surveying, mapping and geospatial information industry. A considerable quantity of practical work is included in the program, strongly linked to industry practice.

 WIL Courses Include:

Geospatial Science Work Experience 1 (GEOM2163) and Geospatial Science Work Experience 2 (GEOM2164) are courses where you will undertake, record and report on, a work experience totalling at least 240 hours with an organization or organisations related to surveying or geospatial science. This placement or activity may be local or international.

In addition, the following courses include liaising with industry to define/create the problem; analyse and create a report; present and receive feedback from industry partners.

GEOM2114 Geospatial Science Major Project A, GEOM2115 Geospatial Science Major Project B, GEOM2116 Professional Practice and GEOM2083 Applied Geospatial Techniques.

An important teaching approach within this program is that of the application of theory in real world applications where material presented in lectures is reinforced by practical exercises. This vocational orientation emphasis means that Geospatial Science is well equipped with a wide range of up-to-date facilities and resources including total stations, GPS equipment and GIS, remote sensing, mapping and visualisation software. Outdoor fieldwork exercises are conducted which provide you with authentic industry experience.

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Program Structure

For students who commence their study in this program from 1 January 2016 onwards, 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 in each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Mathematics for Scientists12MATH2211City Campus
Introduction to Surveying12GEOM2088City Campus
Scientific Skills and Communication12ONPS2334City Campus
Cartography 112GEOM2077City Campus
Physical Geography12GEOM1022City Campus
Spatial Information Science Fundamentals12GEOM1033City Campus
Applied Geospatial Techniques12GEOM2083City Campus
Plane Surveying and Computations12GEOM2089City Campus
 
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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics A12MATH2163City Campus
Physics of Satellite Measurement12PHYS2088City Campus
Cartography 212GEOM2079City Campus
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry12GEOM2084City Campus
Spatial Information Science Principles12GEOM1044City Campus
Distributed Mapping12GEOM2140City Campus
Statistics and Measurement Analysis12GEOM2162City Campus
Geospatial Programming12GEOM2159City Campus
 
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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Imaging Technology12GEOM2086City Campus
Cartography 312GEOM2081City Campus
Spatial Information Science Analytics12GEOM1057City Campus
Environmental Sustainability12ENVI1192City Campus
Research Procedures12GEOM2124City Campus
Human Geography12HUSO1104City Campus
Geospatial Science Work Experience 112GEOM2163City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from the following List of Program Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Accounting in Organisations and Society12ACCT1046City Campus
Business Advisory Services12ACCT1022City Campus
Digital Business Design and Innovation12ISYS1051City Campus
Contemporary Environmental Issues12ENVI1211City Campus
Database Concepts12ISYS1057City Campus
Global Mobility Elective12EXTL1195City Campus
Global Surveying and Geospatial Experience12GEOM2154City Campus
Introduction to Programming12COSC1519City Campus
Land Development12GEOM2075City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B12MATH2164City Campus
Project Management Concepts12BUSM3307City Campus
Resource Management12ENVI1098City Campus
Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
Terrestrial Surveying12GEOM2091City Campus
Web Programming12COSC2413City Campus
Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation12ARCH1059City Campus
Property Economics12BUIL1149City Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
 
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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advanced Spatial Information Science12GEOM2138City Campus
Geospatial Science Major Project A12GEOM2114City Campus
Professional Practice12GEOM2116City Campus
Geospatial Science Major Project B12GEOM2115City Campus
Geospatial Science Work Experience 212GEOM2164City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Courses from the following list of Program Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Accounting in Organisations and Society12ACCT1046City Campus
Business Advisory Services12ACCT1022City Campus
Digital Business Design and Innovation12ISYS1051City Campus
Contemporary Environmental Issues12ENVI1211City Campus
Database Concepts12ISYS1057City Campus
Geodesy12GEOM2119City Campus
Global Mobility Elective12EXTL1195City Campus
Global Surveying and Geospatial Experience12GEOM2154City Campus
Introduction to Programming12COSC1519City Campus
Land Development12GEOM2075City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B12MATH2164City Campus
Project Management Concepts12BUSM3307City Campus
Resource Management12ENVI1098City Campus
Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
Terrestrial Surveying12GEOM2091City Campus
Web Programming12COSC2413City Campus
Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation12ARCH1059City Campus
Property Economics12BUIL1149City Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from:
University Elective
 

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Program transition plan

Main changes in the BH117 program and Transition Plan:

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 BH117 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 (including year changes but excluding simple course name changes).  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

Four courses have been removed from the program and replaced with four 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)
  • 3rd Program Option

The new courses added are:

  • GEOM2159 Geospatial Programming (year 2)
  • GEOM2161 Statistics & Measurement Analysis (year 2)
  • GEOM2163 Geospatial Science Work Experience 1 (nominally year 3 but can be completed at any stage)
  • GEOM2164 Geospatial Science Work Experience 2 (nominally year 4 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. 

Work Experience / Work Integrated Learning Requirement

Previously, BH117 included a work experience requirement to provide, prior to graduation, a report on a total of at least 12 weeks of geospatial science-related work experience, signed by the employer. From 2020 this work experience requirement is captured and recorded in GEOM2163 Geospatial Science Work Experience 1 and GEOM2164 Geospatial Science Work Experience 2.  The place in the program for these new courses was vacated when the 3rd University elective and 1 Program Option were deleted. 

Any student transitioning into the 2020 program who has already completed all three University electives (for example articulating students) should not enrol for GEOM2163 as they will not have space for it in the program and it will not contribute to their degree.

Any student transitioning into the 2020 program who has completed or been credited with all three Program Options should NOT enrol for GEOM2164 as there will be no opportunity for it to contribute to their degree. 

For students who commenced study in the 4 year program 1, 2 or 3 years before 2020, and who have no space in the 384 credit points of the program to complete or gain credit for GEOM2163 or GEOM2164, the existing work experience option will be grandfathered.  These students will be required to provide a report on at least 240 hours of work experience (as required by the program they were admitted to).  If they have completed GEOM2163 but not GEOM2164 the additional requirement for reporting work experience will be reduced to 120 hours to make up a total of 240 hours. 

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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