Course Title: Global Surveying and Geospatial Experience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Surveying and Geospatial Experience

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Don Grant

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2424

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you will have met the requirements for the majority of Year 1 and Year 2 courses in BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) or BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)

Course Description

This is a course of approved study in the field of surveying and / or geospatial science undertaken as an overseas study tour which investigates and reports on a specified topic.  Prior to commencement of the tour, you will investigate and report on the topic.  The course will improve your understanding of the theory and practice of surveying and or geospatial science in another country or in a global setting. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) and BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science):

1.1    Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins surveying and the geospatial sciences.

1.3    Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science

5.1    Appreciate the environmental, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in surveying and the geospatial sciences.

        6.1    Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Gather information relating to a specific topic in surveying or geospatial science.
  2. Analyse and evaluate that information to draw appropriate conclusions and answers to project related questions.
  3. Produce a project report  of a high professional standard.
  4. Communicate the outcomes of the project to an audience of peers.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a selection of the following: pre-study tour literature review;  lectures and pre-lecture reading, practical and computer laboratory based projects, site visits and study tours, seminars and workshops, projects and placements. You will be expected to report, verbally and in written form, on your experiences and the results of your investigations.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of lecture materials; online websites and databases; reference papers and texts; and software applications.

As an RMIT student you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. Our library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully.  The Geospatial Subject Guide ( provides access to reference information. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:

Early Assessment task 1: Report on pre-study tour investion

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, and 2


Assessment task 2:  Final project report

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3


Assessment task 3:  Presentation to peers

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 4


Assessment task 4:  Contribution to group work

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3