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 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 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.

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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.

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.

Work Experience

You must undertake approved professional experience. The total experience obtained must be at least 12 weeks (60 working days).

The purpose of this requirement is to provide added context to your course work, consolidate practical skills obtained in your courses, and improve practical skills for application in your courses. One of the hallmarks of the program is its vocational flavour aimed at producing graduates who can readily adapt to the demands of the contemporary mapping industry.

It is a requirement of the program that you keep a diary of your activities and submit a summary report along with your diary to the work experience co-ordinator.

It is therefore important that you acquire this experience by way of vacation employment, as the program progresses. The requirement is reduced to 40 days if obtained in total during vacation periods, to recognise its higher value for learning.

Students unable to gain sufficient experience during their course will be permitted to use experience gained after completing the academic requirements of the course (ie. after final examination period). Any employment which is demonstrably related to the geospatial information industry would be deemed approved professional experience.

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

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

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 those involved in your industry

An important teaching approach within this program is that of the application of theory. Material presented in lectures is reinforced by practical "real life" 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
Surveying 112GEOM2088City Campus
Scientific Skills and Communication12ONPS2334City Campus
Cartography 112GEOM2077City Campus
Physical Geography12GEOM1022City Campus
Spatial Information Science Fundamentals12GEOM1033City Campus
Introduction to Physical Modelling12PHYS1080City Campus
Applied Geospatial Techniques12GEOM2083City 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
Geospatial Physics and Statistics12PHYS2088City Campus
Surveying 212GEOM2089City Campus
Cartography 212GEOM2079City Campus
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 112GEOM2084City Campus
GPS Mapping12GEOM2139City Campus
Spatial Information Science Principles12GEOM1044City Campus
Distributed Mapping12GEOM2140City Campus
 
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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 212GEOM2086City Campus
Cartography 312GEOM2081City Campus
Spatial Information Science Analytics12GEOM1057City Campus
Environmental Sustainability12ENVI1192City Campus
Research Procedures12GEOM2124City Campus
Human Geography12HUSO1104City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from the following List of Program Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Geospatial Programming12GEOM2159City 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 and Statistics12MATH2123City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B12MATH2164City Campus
Project Management Concepts12BUSM3307City Campus
Resource Management12ENVI1098City Campus
Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
Surveying 312GEOM2091City Campus
Web Programming12COSC2413City Campus
Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation12ARCH1059City Campus
Property Economics12BUIL1149City Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
Civil Obligations12JUST2315City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Four (4) 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
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from the following list of Program Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Geospatial Programming12GEOM2159City 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 and Statistics12MATH2123City Campus
Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B12MATH2164City Campus
Project Management Concepts12BUSM3307City Campus
Resource Management12ENVI1098City Campus
Sustainable Futures12ENVI1153City Campus
Surveying 312GEOM2091City Campus
Web Programming12COSC2413City Campus
Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation12ARCH1059City Campus
Property Economics12BUIL1149City Campus
Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS1144City Campus
Civil Obligations12JUST2315City Campus
AND
Select and Complete Two (2) Courses from:
University Elective
 

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Program transition plan

Key changes to the BH117 program effective 2019:

ONPS2338 Scientific Communication is replaced by ONPS2334 Scientific Skills and Communication. If you have successfully completed ONPS2338, credit from this course will go towards your core program courses.

Key changes to the BH117 program effective 2017:

Following discussion with industry experts on the Program Advisory Committee and the BH117 teaching team, some minor changes will be introduced in Semester 1, 2017 as part of the quality improvement process. The main changes are briefly described below.

YearFormer Course No Longer OfferedCredit PointsNew or Amended CourseCredit Points
1GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science 112GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science Fundamentals12
2GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science 212GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science Principles12
2GEOM2117 Map Projections12PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics12
3GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science 312GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science Analytics12
3GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 412HUSO1104 Human Geography12
4GEOM2138 Spatial Information Science 512GEOM2138 Advanced Spatial Information Science12

Course replacements:

Two courses have been removed from the program because they overlapped with other courses or have become redundant due to changes in the domain of geospatial science and job market demands.  These are:

  • In Year 2: GEOM2117 Map Projections
  • In Year 3: GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4.

In Year 2, we have introduced a course relevant to geospatial science which was previously only required for the BH116 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) Honours.  This is:

  • PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics (this course has  been revised to introduce content in statistics).

In Year 3 we have made HUSO1104 Human Geography a core course (previously it was a program option).

In Years 3 and 4 we have also extended the range of optional courses with new options that are relevant to geospatial science business practice.  The extended list of course options is:

  • ACCT1046 Accounting in Organisations and Society
  • ACCT1022 Business Advisory Services
  • ISYS1051 Digital Business Design and Innovation
  • ENVI1211 Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • ISYS1057 Database Concepts
  • GEOM2119 Geodesy
  • EXTL1195 Global Mobility Elective
  • GEOM2154 Global Surveying and Geospatial Experience
  • COSC1519 Introduction to Programming
  • GEOM2075 Land Development
  • MATH2123 Mathematics and Statistics
  • MATH2164 Mathematics for Surveying and Geomatics B
  • BUSM3307 Project Management Concepts
  • ENVI1098 Resource Management
  • ENVI1153 Sustainable Futures
  • GEOM 2091 Surveying 3
  • COSC 2413 Web programming

Course changes:

PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics is a revision of PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Mathematics.  The former mathematics content of PHYS2088 is replaced by statistics, which is timely and relevant for its use in other second year courses.

The sequence of Spatial Information Science courses 1 – 5 have been repackaged into 4 courses to remove duplication.  As a consequence the names have also changed.

  • In year 1, GEOM1033 Spatial information Science 1 becomes GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science Fundamentals.
  • In Year 2, GEOM1044 Spatial information Science 2 becomes GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science Principles.
  • In Year 3, GEOM1057 Spatial information Science 3 becomes GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science Analytics.
  • In Year 3, GEOM2095 Spatial information Science 4 is removed from the program.
  • In Year 4, GEOM2138 Spatial information Science 5 becomes GEOM2138 Advanced Spatial Information Science.

Meanwhile some course content has been amended to adapt to the reality of the job market.

Changes in the structure of the program

The new program structure offers more flexibility with the additional program options in 3rd and 4th year. These include a large range of options that allow you to prepare for your Geospatial Science Major Project in Year 4, to gain skills that industry leaders have indicated they will value as employers and address the competencies required by accreditation authorities such as RICS.Other courses in this list can be considered for student electives also.

Provision has also been made for optional overseas study tours or suitable courses offered by RMIT global partners where available. Overseas experiences are encouraged (EXTL1195 Global Mobility Elective; GEO2154 Global Survey and Geospatial Experience).

Transition plan:

For already enrolled students, we propose the following transition scheme. Program staff are available to answer your queries.

If you are starting 1st year in Semester 1 2017 you will follow in the revised program in its entirety.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science 1 prior to 2017, this is deemed equivalent to GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science Fundamentals from 2017.  Conversely, if you have failed GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science 1 prior to 2017, you will need to take the equivalent GEOM1033 Spatial Information Science Fundamentals from 2017.

If you are starting 2nd year in Semester 1 2017 you will follow the revised 2nd year program.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science 2 prior to 2017, this is deemed equivalent to GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science Principles from 2017.  Conversely, if you have failed GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science 2 prior to 2017, you will need to take the equivalent GEOM1044 Spatial Information Science Principles from 2017.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM2117 Map Projection prior to 2017, this will be accepted in place of PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics in the program from 2017.  Conversely, if you have failed GEOM2117 Map Projection prior to 2017, you will need to take the replacement PHYS2088 Geospatial Physics and Statistics from 2017.

If you are starting 3rd year in Semester 1 2017 you will follow the revised 3rd year program.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science 3 prior to 2017, this is deemed equivalent to GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science Analytics from 2017.  Conversely, if you have failed GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science 3 prior to 2017, you will need to take the equivalent GEOM1057 Spatial Information Science Analytics from 2017.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4 prior to 2017, this course is removed from the program from 2017. Your grade or credit for GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4 will be accepted as a credit for GEOM2138 Advanced Spatial Information Science.

If you have completed or have credits for both GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4 and GEOM2138 Spatial Information Science 5 prior to 2017, then your grade or credit for GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4 will be accepted as one of your program options in the 2017 Program.

If you have completed or have a credit for HUSO1104 Human Geography as a Program Option prior to 2017, this course is required (core)  in the program from 2017.  Therefore you will need to complete an additional program option to replace it.  Note that if you have also competed GEOM2095 Spatial Information Science 4 then this will serve as your additional program option (paragraph above).  Conversely, if you have failed HUSO1104 Human Geography as a program option prior to 2017, you will need to take it from 2017.

If you are starting 4th year in Semester 1 2017 you will follow the revised 4th year program.

If you have completed or have a credit for GEOM2138 Spatial Information Science 5 prior to 2017, this is deemed equivalent to GEOM2138 Advanced Spatial Information Science from 2017.  Conversely, if you have failed GEOM2138 Spatial Information Science 5 prior to 2017, you will need to take GEOM2138 Advanced Spatial Information Science from 2017.

Note that in any case you need to establish 96 credit points per year. i.e. 384 credit points total to graduate.

 

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