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Course Information and Fees

Bachelor: GEOMATICS *NEW bachelor degree

GEOMATICS *NEW

Bachelor: (bachelor degree)

The aim of the course is to produce technologists for a career in geospatial science where they will work with spatial information. Graduates will be able to manipulate data and provide information about the earth to planners, engineers, environmental managers and commerce. Applicants should have an aptitude for mathematics, physical science and computers, good spatial perception, and an eye for detail. An interest in geography is strongly recommended.

Geomatics is an umbrella term, and includes the tools and techniques used in the disciplines of land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), geodesy, and cartography. The Bachelors of Geomatics has two streams: students can choose to specialise in surveying or in Geographic Information Science (GISc).

Surveying is the science of measuring and mapping the surface of the earth. Mapping forms the foundation of physical planning and land development. A surveyor is responsible for the collection, representation, management and retrieval of spatial data (natural and man-made features on the earth).

GIS practitioners are responsible for the input, storage, manipulation, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial data.

Purpose and Rationale of the qualification
The Bachelors of Geomatics prepares students for a career in geomatics (either surveying or GIS). Graduates will typically go on to register as technologists, who may start up their own practices in either the surveying or GIS fields. The geomatics profession has been declared a scarce skill by the government and as such it is essential that the required manpower is supplied to the industry. We are the only university offering a 3-year Bachelors degree in geomatics in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, or Free State. We are thus the sole providers of geomatics technologists for a large section of industry.

Career Information
The Bachelor of Geomatics has two streams – Surveying and Geographic Information Science (GISc). The Surveying stream produces survey technologists and the GISc stream produces GISc technologists.

  • Surveying is the science of surveying (measuring) and mapping the face of the earth. Mapping forms the foundation of physical planning and land development. A survey technician is responsible for the collection, representation, analysis, management, and retrieval and modelling of spatial data (natural and man-made features on the earth), It involves field work for data capturing and computer data processing. You will work with geo-information technology, satellite imagery and remote sensing – to enable effective decision-making in areas from urban planning, management of natural resources and the environment, health to emergency services.

  • Geographical Information Science is the science of capturing, processing, analysing and mapping spatial data (information about the earth). Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology is used to explore, visualise and analyse data. Computer-based systems bring advanced information management techniques to science, business and governments across the globe.

  • Career Opportunities
    Survey or GIS technologists may open a practice and/or join a partnership with other technologists or professionals. Technologists may carry out survey or GIS work unsupervised, and may also supervise and certify the work of technicians.

    Admission requirements

    Undergraduates

    For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

    General admission requirements

    Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

    Additional admission requirements

    Postgraduates

    For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

    Postgraduate admission requirements

    Competencies
    A Survey technologist may be in private practice or in the employ of a private or state organisation, and conduct a wide variety of surveying jobs, such as triangulation, levelling, topographical surveying, engineering surveying and spatial data processing.

    A GIS technologist may be in private practice or in the employ of a private or state organisation, and conduct a wide variety of GIS jobs, such as cartography, spatial modelling, simulation, spatial analysis, data collection and research.

    Professional Registration
    The Bachelor of Geomatics is accredited the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC). Graduates will comply with the academic requirements and may apply for registration as a Surveying Technologist or Geographical Information Science Technologist.

    Syllabus and fees
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    First Year

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    640 ZAR
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    Second Year

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    640 ZAR
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    Third Year

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    640 ZAR
    Offering Type and Duration
    Full-Time / Three years

    Course is offered on Bellville Campus.

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    NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2019 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.

     

    Disclaimer

    This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

    Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.