GEOMATICS ENGINEERING PROGRAMME (ENG.)


D.1. General Information about Program

Geomatics (Geodesy and Geoinformatics) Engineering is the profession of acquisition, storage, processing, analysis, modeling, display and presentation of spatial data in digital environment. Spatial data are needed by a wide range of applications in many areas including civil engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, artificial intelligence and medical sciences.

Geomatics Engineering is one of the engineering disciplines with strategic importance. It is valued more and more everyday around the world along with the recent developments in information and space technologies. However, Turkey cannot provide adequate number of engineers with decent education, who are equipped with high technological background to fulfill the concerning requirements of the country. Therefore, the aim of the Geomatics Engineering Program is to educate and train engineers with high technological background in the areas of Space and Satellite Geodesy, Digital Photogrammetry, Digital Image Processing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Geographic/City/Land Information Systems, Engineering Measurements, Laser Scanning Technology, Cadastre, Land Administration, Public Improvement, Digital Mapping, Disaster monitoring and Disaster Management Information Systems. The Program offers to bring its graduates:

* Fundamentals of Geomatics Engineering,
* Up-to-date technological methods and knowledge related to Space Geodesy, Digital Photogrammetry, Digital Image Processing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Geographic/City/Land Information Systems, Engineering Measurements, Laser Scanning Technology, Cadastre, Land Administration, Public Improvement, Digital Mapping, Disaster Monitoring and Information Systems,
* Fundamental concepts regarding the acquisition, processing, analysis, management and presentation of geographical data,
* Competence in the determination of prominent factors in the design and upgrade stages of GIS and Spatial Database System and finding analytical solutions to related problems.

The Geomatics Engineering Undergraduate Program was prepared in the light of recent developments around the world and places a premium on Information Technology (IT) and its applications. The language of instruction for the Undergraduate Program is English. The students, who are enrolled to the Program but who cannot satisfy the exemption requirements for English that are determined by Hacettepe University, must successfully complete the English Preparatory Program in School of Foreign Languages before their registry to the Undergraduate Program.

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Bachelor's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 1
EQF-LLL: 6

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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In order to register to the Program, students must be at least a high school graduate or have an equivalent education abroad. They also must get sufficient score from the central examination conducted by the Measuring, Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or from an equivalent exam abroad. Admission requirements for International students to the program are defined in the Hacettepe University regulations on “International Student Admission to Associate and Undergraduate Programs”.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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In order to graduate from the Program, students must successfully complete a minimum of 161 local credits of course work which is equal to 240 ECTS credits, including compulsory, technical and non-technical elective courses. There are two Field Practices in the Program which are scheduled at the end of 4th and 6th semesters. Each Field Practice comprises of 3 weeks long field and laboratory work. In addition to the Field Practices, students must complete 30 workdays long training period as an intern in public or private corporations accepted by Geomatics Engineering Department, after the 4th semester of the Program. Moreover, it is obligatory for students to deliver Graduation Project under supervision of one lecturer in the 4th year of the Program. Success criteria for Geomatics Engineering students are defined by the related clauses in Hacettepe University Regulations on Undergraduate Education and Examination.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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Information about the recognition of domestic or abroad prior learning by Hacettepe University is defined in Hacettepe University Regulations on Undergraduate Education and Examination.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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The goal of the Program is to educate and train engineers and scientists who can accommodate the need of public institutions and the industry regarding spatial data and analysis by using up-to-date professional technology and applications in an accurate and economical fashion. In addition to being creative and critical, graduates of the Program are conscious of social and environmental issues, and have sufficient background to meet scientific and production requirements at national and international levels.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Geographic Information Technologies are among growing and developing disciplines in our country as around the world. There are many job opportunities for graduates of Geomatics Engineering. Graduates are able to work in public institutions or private corporations by selecting a branch from a wide variety of areas like geographic/city/land/disaster information systems, infrastructure, civil engineering, land improvement, planning, energy, environment, forestry, transportation, defense industry, and communication sectors. These sectors hold an important position economically when Turkey's circumstances are considered. That's why there is a requirement for well educated, qualified and experienced Geomatics Engineers in these sectors who can improve and make these sectors really competitive with developed countries.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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QF-EHEA: 2
EQF-LLL: 7

D.14. Profile of the Programme

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Geomatics Engineering Undergraduate Program consists of 240 ECTS credits offered in eight semesters (four years). Each semester's course load is equal to 30 ECTS credits. The total corresponds to 161 local credits. The total credits of compulsory courses including department compulsory and non-department compulsory are equal to 180 ECTS which are 75% of the whole program. Furthermore, 60 ECTS credits which are 25% of the whole program are also defined as elective courses. 16 ECTS credits (7% of the whole program) of the total 180 ECTS are designated to university joint compulsory courses: Principles of Ataturk & History of Turkish Revolution I and II, Turkish I and II, Usage of Basic Information and Communication Technologies and Integrated Skills I and II. Remaining 164 ECTS credits, i.e. 68% of the full program, are compulsory courses related to Geomatics Engineering profession only. In total, there are 13 elective courses in the program to be completed successfully. 11 of these are designated as technical elective courses and 2 as non-technical elective. Technical elective courses are classified into and associated with 5 subject-based groups. Students have to successfully complete at least 5 ECTS credits from each of the groups, i.e. Group 1, Group 3, and Group 4, and at least 10 ECTS credits from Group 2 of the subject-based classified non-technical elective courses.

In order to implement professional applications, there are two Field Practices which are conducted at the end of 4th and 6th semesters. Each Field Practice is three weeks long (two weeks of field, and one week of laboratory work) and begins after the final exams of the related spring term. In addition to the Field Practices, students must complete 6 ECTS credits of 30 workdays long training period as an intern in public institutions or private corporations approved by Geomatics Engineering Department. Training periods must be completed after the 4th semester. The lectures in the 1st and 2nd semesters of the Bachelor Program offer fundamental engineering knowledge and skills. The Program basically concentrates on mathematics and information technologies which constitute the foundations of geomatics engineering. The elective courses are designed to focus on applications and know-how along with theoretical information. Thus, students get the chance of having hands on experience by activities related to the theories that they already acquired, with the aid of related equipment and computer based technology.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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Assessment and evaluation methods for each course are prepared by related lecturer(s) and defined in the content of course information package. Examination, regulations and grading system are defined with related clauses in Hacettepe University Regulations on Undergraduate Education and Examination.

D.16. Graduation Requirements

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In order to be approved as a graduate of Hacettepe University Geomatics Engineering, the student have to successfully complete at least 240 ECTS credits in accordance with the Course Structure Diagram of the Program and fulfil the graduation requirements stated in the relevant clauses of the Hacettepe University Regulations on Undergraduate Education and Examination.

D.18. Programme Director

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Prof. Dr. Mustafa Türker
Head of Geomatics Engineering Department

E-mail: mturker@hacettepe.edu.tr
Tel: +90 312 297 6990
Fax: +90 312 297 6167
Address: Hacettepe University, Department of Geomatics Engineering, 06800 Beytepe, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey.
Web Address: http://geomatik.hacettepe.edu.tr/en