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Associate Degree of Spatial Science Major Geographic Information Systems

Associate Degree of Spatial Science Major Geographic Information Systems (ADSS)
CRICOS: 053510F

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
Note: Students enrolled in the external mode must be able to attend mandatory on-campus residential schools at a USQ campus.

Overview

  • The Associate Degree of Spatial Science will give you the freedom of choice to start up your career or set a stepping stone for further study.
  • USQ’s Spatial Science degrees will prepare you for a career in one of Australia’s most rapidly changing industries. 
  • Arm yourself with the technical and analytical skills as well as the practical experience needed to succeed in the workforce. 
  • Explore GIS technologies and working with sophisticated technology and tools, including satellite imagery and laser measurement systems for 3D mapping, and visualisation of the natural and built environment. 

Further study

The Associate Degree of Spatial Science is the perfect stepping stone into the Bachelor Spatial Science Technology and the Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours).

Professional accreditation

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for membership with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia.

Career outcomes

  • As a professional Geographic Information Systems officer, career possibilities are available in local and state Government agencies in areas including transport, insurance companies, utilities companies, emergency services, primary industries and environment.

Entry requirements

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Mathematics A

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge

It is also recommended that you have studied Mathematics B (4, SA), or equivalent.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Major courses 13
Approved courses 3
2 x practice courses (0 unit value)
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Practical experience

As part of this degree, you will need to complete practical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this degree.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the USQ Handbook or please contact us for more information.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 29440
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 33600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 053510F

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

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