Tshwane University of Technology to phase out BTech Surveying

September 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

To align itself with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) of 2013, the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Geomatics Department is phasing out its BTech Surveying course to make way for a degree course. Situated in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, the department currently offers a three-year National Diploma in Surveying and a two-year BTech in Surveying.

The BTech course will be changed to a three-year Bachelors of Geomatics degree. While the Diploma course will remain, it will be restructured to a Diploma in Geomatics. Both courses will be accredited by the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC). The Bachelors course will have higher admission requirements for high school pupils than the BTech course, and will have its first-year intake in 2020. Both the new diploma and degree courses will incorporate more photogrammetry and GIS content. Some semester subjects will be changed to year subjects for both courses.

The HEQSF called for the establishment of a single qualifications framework for higher education for the development of a single and coordinated national higher education system. Improving coherence of the higher education system also aims to create a link between the qualifications to enable students to migrate more efficiently from one qualification to another. This has resulted in changes to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Levels and progression pathways. For higher education institutions, this has meant introducing new qualification types, new names of qualifications and new admission requirements. Pathways from the current qualifications to the HEQSF aligned qualifications will all be in place.

To accommodate current students in completing their courses, single semester courses will be offered in both semesters. In this way, should they fail a course, they can repeat it the following semester rather than wait until the next year. The last intake for the National Diploma in Surveying will be January 2019, and BTech in Surveying in July 2019. For more information about the qualifications, interested students can contact the TUT Geomatics Department.

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