Diploma in Geomatics (NQF - Level 6)

DIPLOMA IN GEOMATICS (NQF Level 6)

Programme Aims/Purpose:

The Diploma in Geomatics programme was purposefully designed to prepare students for a career as survey technician, with specialised knowledge and skills in the acquisition, processing, presentation, and management of geospatial data. 

The programme provides a systematic and coherent introduction to the main theories, broad principles, concepts, data, and problem-solving techniques in the main cognate area, i.e. Geomatics.The programme will enable students to acquire cognitive skills, practical problem-solving skills, and key transferable skills that are necessary for addressing pressing challenges in the field of Geomatics. 

In addition, the Diploma in Geomatics will enable students to develop a sense of social responsibility, and an understanding of the role they can play in land reform and sustainable development both in Namibia and the Southern African Region.

Graduates from this programme should have full regard for achieving excellence and maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct in the practice of their profession.  Upon completion of the programme, graduates of this programme will be able to contribute significantly to the attainment of national development objectives in the economy by taking up jobs as survey technicians both in the public and private sectors of Namibia.

The revised programme has been endorsed by members of the Programme Advisory Committee while international benchmarking was also done (please find evidence of consultation, benchmarking and support attached).

Exit Programme Outcomes (Qualification Outcomes):

Upon completion of the Diploma in Geomatics programme, graduates should be able to:

  • Perform surveying and mapping operations, under limited supervision, using a wide variety of equipment, software and techniques, under a wide variety of conditions;
  • Conduct cadastral surveys in terms of the Land Survey Act and Regulations, under supervision of a professional land surveyor;
  • Conduct sectional title surveys in terms of the Sectional Titles Act, under supervision of a professional land surveyor;
  • Perform Digital Terrain Modelling and Volume Calculations
  • Generate and maintain cartographic and GIS databases;
  • Perform advanced GIS analysis of spatial data;
  • Use and maintain basic land information systems;
  • Prepare simple town planning applications (e.g. applications for single subdivisions of erven, farms and smallholdings).
  • Draw accurately township layouts on Computer Aided Drafting (CAD);
  • Achieve the generic graduate outcomes of problem-solving, critical thinking, responsible citizenship and good communication.

Criteria for Admission:

Candidates may be admitted to the Diploma in Geomatics programme if they meet the general Namibia University of Science and Technology admission requirements, and comply with the following additional requirements:

  • A Grade 12 Certificate (or equivalent) with a combined total of at least 25 points on the Engineering Evaluation Scale, counting up to five subjects that must include Mathematics and English, in NSSC Higher or Ordinary, or a combination of the two examinations;
  • Minimum C-symbol on NSSC Ordinary (or 4-symbol at NSSC Higher) for Mathematics;
  • A pass in the Grade 12 subjects Physical Science and/or Geography, or related subjects, is highly recommended, and preference may be given to candidates with these results, additional to the above admission requirements;
  • Must be medically and physically fit for fieldwork, which forms an integral part of the programme.

Mature Age Students may be admitted in terms of the Mature Age Entry Scheme.  Selection for mature age entry will be by means of appropriate written entrance tests, three years work experience, satisfactory references, as well as gaining entry into the course English in Practice.

Mode of Delivery:

The programme will be offered on full-time mode of study in accordance with Namibia University of Science and Technology rules and regulations. 

Requirements for Qualification Award:

The Diploma in Geomatics will be awarded to students credited with a minimum of 278 NQF credits, and who have met the detailed qualification requirements for the programme as set out below. In addition, students should meet the administrative and financial requirements as spelt out in Part 1 of the Namibia University of Science and Technology Yearbook.

The major cognate/subject area of learning within the programme is ‘Geomatics that is developed in increasing complexity across relevant NQF levels and in accordance with NQF principles as represented in the Table on the next page.

 

Courses

NQF Level

Introduction to Geospatial Data

4

Survey Drafting

4

Basic Surveying

5

Cadastral Surveying 1

5

Computer Aided Drafting

5

Survey Project

5

Cadastral Surveying 2

6

Digital Terrain Modelling

6

Engineering Surveying

6

Mine Surveying

6

Sectional Title Surveying

6

Surveying 2

6

Surveying 3

6

 

Year 1: Semester 1

 

Course Code

Course Title

Comprehensive Learning Outcome

Prerequisites

Compulsory or Elective

NQF Level

Notional Hours

NQF Credits

LIP411S

Language in Practice

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of grammatical structures in reading with comprehension and writing.

None

Compulsory

4

100

NCB

BSC410S

Basic Science

Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of natural sciences and apply the basic principles in their everyday lives.

None

Compulsory

4

80

8

CUS411S

Computer User Skills

Demonstrate and apply various technical and practical skills to effectively use basic functionalities of a Personal Computer (PC), as well as widely used application software, as tools to solve problems and improve personal and organisational productivity.

None

Compulsory

4

100

10

IGD411S

Introduction to Geospatial Data

Apply relevant geographic information contained in topographic base maps and produced by Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

None

Compulsory

4

80

8

ITM401S

Introduction to Mathematics A

Manipulate formula, analyse and solve mathematical problems in everyday situations.

None

Compulsory

4

140

14

ILP510S

 

Introduction to Land Use Planning and  Management

Analyse mandates, processes and outputs of different planning institutions on local, regional and national level.

None

Compulsory

5

120

12

 

Total Credits: 52

 

 

Year 1: Semester 2

 

Course Code

Course Title

Comprehensive Learning Outcome

Prerequisite

Compulsory or Elective

NQF Level

Notional Hours

NQF Credits

SDR420S

Survey Drafting

Perform manual and basic computer aided drafting of cadastral and topographic maps.

Computer User Skills, Introduction to Mathematics A

Compulsory

4

60

6

BSV521S

Basic Surveying

Demonstrate understanding of the basic plane surveying principles, techniques, technology and calculations, and accurately perform basic survey and mapping operations using a wide variety of survey techniques and equipment.

Introduction to Mathematics A

Compulsory

5

120

12

CAS520S

Cadastral Surveying 1

Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles, reasons and procedures of cadastral surveying and perform simple subdivision and consolidation of erven, including the preparation of survey records, in terms of the Land Survey regulations.

 

Introduction to Mathematics A

Compulsory

5

120

12

ICT512S

Information Competence

Search effectively for information using search engines on the Internet and Web 2.0 technologies to solve given problems and critically evaluate information obtained.

None

Compulsory

5

100

10

LTS520S

Land Tenure Systems

Analyse, and apply basic land tenure concepts to different tenure systems in Namibia.

None

Compulsory

5

120

12

SUP520S

Survey

Project

Perform, manually book and calculate a basic survey comprising of a control survey, topographic survey, and accurate staking out of points.

 

Introduction to Mathematics A

Compulsory

5

60

6

 

Total Credits: 58

 

Year 2: Semester 3

 

Course Code

Course Title

Comprehensive Learning Outcome

Prerequisite

Compulsory or Elective

NQF Level

Notional Hours

NQF Credits

 

EPR511S

 

 

English in Practice

Display the proper application of grammatical structures, as well as enhanced reading skills, and integrate technology in the analysis and assessment of written work.

 

Language in Practice

Compulsory

5

120

NCB

CAD510S

Computer Aided Drafting

Design, draft and plot various types of plans and maps using Computer Aided Drafting.

Introduction to Geospatial Data, Computer User Skills

Compulsory

5

120

12

ENS610S

Engineering Surveying

Apply basic surveying techniques in a wide range of engineering and construction applications, ranging from precise control surveys and staking out, to setting out of roads, grade profiles and ground works, and surveying, calculation and plotting of sections, areas and volumes.

Basic Surveying

Compulsory

6

120

12

 

GES512S

Geographic Information Systems 1

Analyse the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and apply the main GIS functions to selected “real world” applications.

Introduction to Geospatial Data, Computer User Skills

Compulsory

5

120

12

MSV610S

Mine Surveying

Demonstrate understanding of mine surveying principles, techniques and technologies, and perform basic mine surveying and mapping operations.

Basic Surveying

Compulsory

6

120

12

SUR610S

Surveying 2

Perform cadastral and topographic surveys using advanced electronic surveying techniques, including digital recording, processing and presentation of survey results.

Basic Surveying

Compulsory

6

120

12

 

Total Credits: 60

 

Year 2: Semester 4

Course Code

Course Title

Comprehensive Learning Outcome

Prerequisite

Compulsory or Elective

NQF Level

Notional Hours

NQF Credits

EAP511S

English  for Academic Purposes

Communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively in academic speech and writing within academic contexts.

English  in Practice

Compulsory

5

140

14

DTM620S

Digital Terrain Modeling

Survey and process accurate digital terrain models (DTMs), and perform advanced analysis and visualisation of surveyed data and DTMs.

Engineering Surveying, Surveying 2

Compulsory

6

120

12

TBC

Sectional Title Surveying

Survey and draft sectional plans, which must be suitable for submission to and approval by the Surveyor General and Registrar of Deeds

Survey Drafting, Computer Aided Drafting and Surveying 2

Compulsory

6

120

12

SUR620S

Surveying 3

Perform precise surveying and analysis of observations for the setting out, modeling and monitoring of 3D structures

Engineering Surveying, Surveying 2

Compulsory

6

120

12

 

Total Credits:50

 

Year 3: Semester 5

Course Code

Course Title

Comprehensive Learning Outcome

Prerequisite

Compulsory or Elective

NQF Level

Notional Hours

NQF Credits

RES511S

Remote Sensing 1

Apply basic methods and techniques for the interpretation of aerial photographs and remotely sensed digital images.

Introduction to Geospatial Data and Introduction to Mathematics A or Mathematics and Statistics for Spatial Science

Compulsory

5

120

12

DBF510S

Database Fundamentals

Use the language SQL to design database systems and for effective data retrieval and modification.

None

Compulsory

5

100

10

LIS611S

Land Information Systems

Create and analyse land-based data such as parcel information, zoning, land use, ownership and general property information.

Geographic Information Systems 1

Compulsory

6

120

12

DCV512S

Digital Cartography and Visualisation

Demonstrate competence in the use and application of the main cartographic principles, mapping techniques and possibilities of geographic visualisation.

Introduction to Geospatial Data

Compulsory

5

120

12

CAS610S

Cadastral Surveying 2

Survey townships and prepare General Plans and survey records for approval by the Surveyor General.

Basic Surveying, Cadastral Surveying 1

Compulsory

6

120

12

 

Total Credits:58

 

 

Back to Top