Courses Handbook 2010

308915 v.1 Bachelor of Surveying, Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship)

BSurv(Curtin), BComCurtin),

Course CRICOS Code: 052804M
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 5 Years


This double degree course provides students with an integrated education in both surveying and commerce. It provides dual qualifications in these areas and develops graduates with unique opportunities to utilise enhanced knowledge and expertise in small business management within the surveying industry. Surveying is a high technology area which includes satellite positioning, laser scanning, airborne and marine navigation, digital mapping and remote sensing, environmental management and many more. The Bachelor of Commerce program places an emphasis on decision-making, trends in technology and associated work patterns, other aspects of management and a high level of understanding of issues in small business development and management.

Specific Requirements

STAT elements considered are E and Q. STAT applicants will be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This study may extend the duration of the course. All degree students are encouraged to seek employment in either of their fields of study during the summer vacation. Three months of approved surveying practical experience is required before the double degree will be awarded. Students must also hold a current senior first aid certificate before graduating.


Students will normally be expected to have attained a higher Tertiary Entrance Rank than is required for both single degrees.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

The course is five years' full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

The surveying course commences with basic studies in the areas of mathematics, science and computing, with an introduction to surveying and mapping subjects. The following years expand the student's knowledge into more specialised areas of surveying and mapping using advanced field equipment and modern computing and image processing facilities. The final year of the course has an emphasis on the professional aspects of the surveying area. Throughout the course, classroom studies are supplemented by laboratory sessions involving practical experience with a wide range of high technology computing and data collection equipment such as GPS receivers available at Curtin. Flexible learning approaches are a feature of the surveying degree with extensive use ofonline learning. Curtin's undergraduate commerce programs are designed to provide professional expertise in the major area of study, as well as a range of other skills that are highly valued in the commercial world. Besides theoretical concepts, the program also emphasises the application of knowledge to commerce and industry.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the bachelor degree in surveying are eligible for membership to the Spatial Sciences Institute.

Career Opportunities

Excellent career opportunities exist for surveying graduates as private surveying and mapping consultants or as registered surveyors under the Licensed Surveyors Act (Western Australia) both in Australia and internationally. Many opportunities are also available with local, state and federal governments. Surveyors are employed in many specialist areas including land and cadastral surveying, engineering and mine surveying, satellite positioning and navigation, gravity measurements, aerial photogrammetry, satellite remote sensing, hydrographic surveying, land information management and land planning. A commerce degree is very relevant to the requirements of today's business world with the emphasis on decision-making, trends in technology and associated work patterns, and other aspects of management in today's highly competitive business arena. The combination of surveying and entrepreneurship provides synergistic advantages for career development and graduates will be well qualified in small business management and be in demand for senior management positions in large public and private organisations.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

For further information about the program, contact the Department of Spatial Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 7566 or email: or visit our website at See also Surveying, Commerce, Geographic Information Science, and Mine and Engineering Surveying.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
10416 v.2   Survey Computations 185 5.0 25.0
10418 v.2   Plane and Construction Surveying 181 5.0 25.0
10987 v.5   Accounting 100 3.0 25.0
305639 v.1   Mathematics 135 4.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
10848 v.2   Management 100 3.0 25.0
11011 v.4   Business Law 100 3.0 25.0
302531 v.1   Computer Aided Mapping 182 3.0 12.5
311054 v.1   Mathematics 146 5.0 25.0
7054 v.5   Physics 113 5.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 1
10457 v.4   Engineering and Control Surveying 281 5.0 25.0
302318 v.1   Spatial Computations 181 5.0 25.0
310588 v.1   Mathematics 271 4.0 25.0
8920 v.5   Cartographic Statistics 181 5.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
10830 v.5   Business Information Systems 100 3.0 25.0
1234 v.4   Economics 100 3.0 25.0
312188 v.1   Spatial Data Processing 182 3.0 12.5
4536 v.5   Geographic Information Systems 181 4.0 25.0
8039 v.6   Mathematics 274 3.0 12.5
Year 3 Semester 1
10458 v.2   Measurement and Adjustment Analysis 381 5.0 25.0
10850 v.4   Marketing 100 3.0 25.0
311816 v.1   Applied Contract Law 200 3.0 25.0
7073 v.7   Thematic Cartography 281 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
10422 v.3   Photogrammetric Mapping 282 5.0 25.0
10424 v.2   Coordinate and Mapping Systems 282 5.0 25.0
10459 v.3   Industrial and Mine Surveying 382 4.0 25.0
11013 v.3   Accounting (Managerial) 201 3.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
10461 v.3   Satellite and Space Geodesy 381 4.0 25.0
10462 v.2   Survey Law/Ethics/Practice 481 4.5 25.0
10423 v.5   Remote Sensing and Image Processing 381 5.0 25.0
301255 v.2   Accounting (Technologies) 224 3.0 25.0
304421 v.7   Management of Innovation 301 3.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 2
11712 v.3   Small Business Planning 200 3.0 25.0
302313 v.3   Global Positioning Systems Surveying 382 5.0 25.0
302321 v.1   Land Planning 386 5.0 25.0
10460 v.2   Analytical Photogrammetry 382 5.0 25.0
4436 v.4   Human Resource Management (Introduction) 200 3.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 1
10464 v.2   Physical Geodesy 481 4.0 25.0
12953 v.2   Entrepreneurship 300 3.0 25.0
302323 v.2   Survey Network Analysis and Design 481 5.0 25.0
3522 v.7   Strategic Management 313 4.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 2
10466 v.2   Applied Geodetic Surveying 482 79.0 25.0
11713 v.6   Small Business Growth 302 3.0 25.0
311370 v.1   Spatial Sciences Project 494 5.0 25.0
6798 v.4   Taxation 301 3.0 25.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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