Spatial Systems

Bachelor of Environments

Spatial Systems is the study of the science and technology of 3D measurement, mapping and visualisation, also known as geomatics. It is concerned with capturing, analysing, managing and presenting spatial information.

Spatial information experts develop the technology that lies behind search and rescue efforts, GPS, Google Earth and mobile location-based services such as Foursquare and Facebook check in.

Spatial information is an essential and indispensable part of any economy’s infrastructure. It is needed in all walks of life and on many scales, with applications including land tenure systems, environmental modelling, food production, disaster management, health and artificial intelligence.

Course Plans

The Spatial Systems Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Geomatics major.
Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective (Mapping Environments Recommended)

MAST10005
Calculus 2

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

INFO20003 Database Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective (Mapping Environments Recommended)

MAST10005
Calculus 1

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

INFO20003 Database Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1 / 2 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective (Mapping Environments Recommended)

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 1
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005
Calculus 1

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Environments Elective

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

INFO20003 Database Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2015

Semester 1

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005
Calculus 1

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

INFO20003 Database Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10006 Calculus 2

Year 1
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 2
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005 Calculus 1

Year 1
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 2
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Breadth

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2014 or earlier

Important information about mathematics subjects

In the first year of the Bachelor of Environments, students intending on undertaking a Geomatics major must complete either MAST10005 Calculus 1 or MAST10006 Calculus 2 as breadth.

Students who have not completed VCE Maths Methods 3/4 with a study score of 25+ or Specialist Mathematics 3/4 with a study score of 27+ will need to complete an additional Level 1 mathematics subject. Refer to the sample course plans provided below for examples of how to plan your course to include these required subjects.

Students must refer to the Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) Handbook entry for full details of subject requirements.

Semester 1

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10006 Calculus 2

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005 Calculus 1

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 only (or equivalent)

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005 Calculus 1

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and MappingCOMP20005 Engineering ComputationGEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10006 Calculus 2

Year 1
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Year 2
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10005 Calculus 1

Year 1
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Year 2
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 only (or equivalent)

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

GEOM20013 Applications of GIS

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

ENVS10006 Mapping Environments recommended

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 2
Semester 2

GEOM20015 Surveying and Mapping

GEOM30013 Land Administration Systems

MAST10005 Calculus 1

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOM30009 Imaging the Environment

MAST10007 Linear Algebra

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

COMP20005 Engineering Computation

Year 3
Semester 2

GEOM30012 Integrated Spatial Systems

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

CVEN30008 Engineering
Risk Analysis

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Spatial Systems major

Students undertaking the Spatial Systems major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Civil Engineering subjects
  • any Computer Science subjects
  • any Engineering subjects
  • any Geomatics subjects
  • any Informatics subjects
  • any Mathematics and Statistics subjects - with the exception of MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10027 Linear Algebra (and any required prerequisites for these subjects such as MAST10005 Calculus 1 and MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics)
  • any Physics subjects
  • any Science Informatics subjects

Refer to the Geomatics (Geomatic Engineering) Handbook entry for full details.

Further Study

Students who complete the Bachelor of Environments with a major in Geomatics are eligible to apply for the two-year professional Master of Engineering (Spatial).


Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on to the Master of Engineering (Spatial) provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia, the Royal Institutions of Chartered Surveyors,  EUR-ACE® and in a specialist form by the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria. You can also pursue graduate study in the information technology space via the Master of Information Technology (Spatial).

A diverse range of careers is available in the spatial industry in areas including computer-based mapping and modelling, hydrographic, land and engineering surveying, web mapping, and IT systems engineering and consulting.

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