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Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology (GCST) - GradCertSpScTech

CRICOS code (International applicants): 066078K

 On-campus#^External
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time or by distance learning 
Program articulation:

To: ; Graduate Diploma of Spatial Science Technology; Master of Spatial Science Technology

Footnotes
#The Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology (Geographic Information Systems) is available full-time on-campus in Semester 1. The Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology (Surveying) is not available full-time on-campus and therefore is not available for international on-campus students.
^The Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology is not available full-time on-campus in Semester 2.

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology is not accredited by any professional bodies other than the University of Southern Queensland.

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Program aims

This postgraduate degree allows students with an undergraduate qualification in another field to extend their knowledge in either surveying or geographic information systems.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology specialising in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the concept of spatial and geographic information systems

  • familiarity with the analysis and management of spatial information

  • an awareness of potential applications and limitations of geographic information systems

  • an understanding of the capture, conversion and output of geographic information

  • a professional standard of communication.


Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology specialising in Surveying will be able to demonstrate:

  • a capacity for the analysis, evaluation and synthesis of surveying related systems

  • enhanced technical skills in surveying technology

  • an awareness of the current surveying practices and methods

  • a professional standard of communication.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three or four year Bachelor degree in a discipline area approved by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, or equivalent

    Or

    A minimum of five (5) years' professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF Level 7.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a student's higher education andstudents pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology consists of four units. The maximum time for completion is one year for a full-time student and two years for a part-time student.

Students may commence their studies at the beginning of either Semester 1 or Semester 2 depending on the mode of offer. Students may select one of the two specialisations in the program, either Geographic Information Systems or Surveying. The courses offered in each specialisation are shown in the following tables.

Students wishing to complete the Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology should select four courses from the appropriate table including the core courses as specified in the specialisation.

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Required time limits

Full-time students have a maximum of one year to complete this program. Part-time students have a maximum of two years to complete this program.
A pro-rata adjustment of the maximum time period will apply for those students who transfer from one mode of study to another. A pro-rata reduction in the maximum time period will apply to students who are admitted to a program with advanced standing.

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Specialisation

The specialisation provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific discipline. The two specialisation study areas in the Graduate Certificate of Spatial Science Technology are:

  • Geographic Information Systems

  • Surveying.


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IT requirements

Access to an up-to-date computer is necessary. On-campus students can access appropriately equipped laboratories, but should consider acquisition of their own computer. External students should be able to access a computer with the following minimum standards as advised by the University. All students should have access to email and the Internet via a computer running the latest versions of Internet web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The University has a wireless network for on-campus students' computers. In order to take advantage of this facility and further enhance their on-campus learning environment, students should consider purchasing a notebook/laptop computer with wireless connectivity. Specialist software is required for some courses.

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Articulation

Graduates from this program may articulate with full credit into the Graduate Diploma of Spatial Science Technology and Master of Spatial Science Technology .

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Geographic Information Systems specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


Specialisation: Geographic Information Systems (Specialisation Study Code: 12613)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete the following three core courses

     GIS1402 Geographic Information Systems 1 1,3
     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     MGT8070 Property Development1

Schedule B: Select the remaining course from the following list

     CSC1401 Foundation Programming 1,2 1,2,3
     GIS3407 GIS Programming and Visualisation 1 1Pre-requisite: GIS1402 and CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDST or MSST or GCST or MENS or MSPT
     GIS3405 Spatial Analysis and Modelling 2 2
     GIS3406 Remote Sensing and Image Processing 2 2
     GIS4407 Web Based Geographic Information System 2 2Pre-requisite: GIS1402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCGS or GDST or MSST or GCNS or GCST or GDNS or MENS
     SVY1110 Introduction to Global Positioning System 2 2
     SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 1 1

Notes

The Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences must approve the final course.

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Surveying specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


Specialisation: Surveying (Specialisation Study Code: 12614)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Schedule A: Students must complete the following core courses

     SVY1104 Survey Computations A 2 2Pre-requisite: SVY1102 or SVY1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSPT
     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     MGT8070 Property Development1

Schedule B: Select the remaining course from the following list

     SVY1110 Introduction to Global Positioning System 2 2
     SVY2301 Automated Surveying Systems 1 1Pre-requisite: SVY1104 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST
     SVY2106 Geodetic Surveying A11Pre-requisite: SVY1110 and SVY1102 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MENS
     SVY3304 Cadastral Surveying (Queensland) 2 2Pre-requisite: (SVY1102 and SVY1104) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MENS
     SVY3107 Geodetic Surveying B 2 2Pre-requisite: SVY1110 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GCST or GDNS or GDST or MSST or MENS
     SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 1 1
     SVY4304 Land and Cadastral Law 2 2

Notes

The Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences must approve the final course.
Students intending to seek registration with the Surveyors Board of Queensland should contact the Surveyors Board of Queensland to confirm enrolment in a course which will satisfy Surveyors Board of Queensland requirements for registration as a surveyor.