The Degree Course in Surveying Sciences

The Degree Course in Surveying Sciences

This course has been designed so as to provide knowledge in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Hydrography and Cartography other than Geodesy and Land Surveying. It consists of subjects such as Land Law, Land Valuation, and Environmental Studies, which make it suitable for Land Administration as well.

The course participants are therefore allowed to option one of the five fields under this course i.e.,
Geodetic , Land Surveying, Hydrography, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Cartography.

Objective of the course To produce graduates eminently suitable for appointments as Land Surveyors, Photogrammetrists, Remote Sensing Technicians and Cartographers.

Nature of the course
Full time
Course medium
Entry Qualification
Should have a degree in Physical Science (with Mathematics as a subject) from a recognized university or institution recognized by University Grant Commission.

Enrolment of mature students from the Survey Department to follow Degree Course in Surveying Sciences:
Employers confirmed in their posts in the Survey Department possessing a Diploma of the ISMD and should have obtained passes in Three subjects at one and the same sitting with Pure Mathematics at the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination or passes in three subjects at one and the same sitting with Combined Mathematics at the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination new syllabus and must completed a specified number of years serviced in the Survey Department.

They must sit for a competitive examination.

Equivalent or higher entry qualifications are needed for any foreign candidates, as decided from time to time by the Academic Committee of the ISMD and / or Advisory and Coordinating Board of ISMD. Moreover, students should be physically fit and not suffer from any disabilities to follow the courses. The authorities can request for Medical Certificate to this effect.

Assessment of the course

Written examinations are conducted at the end of each semester for all the subjects taught during the quarter. Also assignments, tutorials and practical examinations will be marked and considered.

Requirements for the award of the B.Sc. degree in Surveying Sciences

To obtain the B.Sc.(Surveying Sciences) Degree of the Institute of Surveying & Mapping, Diyatalawa, an undergraduate must,

  • satisfy the attendance requirement (i.e. more than 80% attendance at lectures and schedule study programmes).
  • have satisfactorily completed all the scheduled courses, as shown in the Quarterly Course Structure schedules applicable to each academic year of the degree course (See curriculum).
  • have a minimum cumulative point hour ratio of 2.00. (Visitors are requested refer the curriculum for the definition of cumulative point hour ratio).
  • have satisfactorily met all additional Institute and curricular requirements.

Normal passes and honours are based on the cumulative Point Hour Ratio as given below.

Pass Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 2.00
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 2.750 or above
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 3.000 or above and
all the grades should be C or above

First Class Honours Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 3.250 or above and all the grades should be C or above

Content (in brief)
Cartography, Computer Science, Concepts of Principle of Surveying Sciences, Geodesy, Large Scale Surveying, Mathematics for Surveying Sciences, Photogrammetry, Physics for Surveying Sciences, Technical English, Adjustment Theory, Cadastre, Electronic Surveying, Hydrography, Land Law and Land Consolidation, Advanced Plane Surveying, Topographical Mapping, Land Information Systems(LIS)/Geographic Information Systems(GIS), Modern Systems in Land Surveying, Remote Sensing, Urban and Rural Planning, Point Determination Systems, For full syllabus see the curriculum.

Course Structure

  • The first year of the course including industrial training is common to all the candidates. This industrial training will be on large-scale cadastral and engineering surveys.
  • The second year of the course excluding industrial training is also common to all the candidates.
  • Candidates must undertake an investigative or development project and submit a report fully describing all the work done and discussing its importance and implications.
  • The curriculum-outline shows how everything fits together.

First one years in-house training at ISMD
Second one years field training in the Survey Department
Last two years back at ISMD for in-house training

Course Fee
No fees are charged from local students, but will be charged from overseas students and the amount will be made known at the time of inquiry.

Scholarships/Financial Aids
Not offered by the ISMD at present.

Annual Intake
This will change from time to time depending on the requirements of the Survey Department. However special courses can be arranged, if there is sufficient number of outside candidates.

For further information
Director (Institute of Surveying and Mapping).