Higher Diploma Course(HDC) in Surveying

Higher Diploma Course(HDC) in Surveying

A committee from UNDP evaluated this course several years ago. Dr. Simo H. Laurila PhD, (United Nations consultant), the head of the committee stated "holders of higher diploma from the present Higher Diploma Course (HDC) curriculum are to be considered equivalent to holders of the M.Sc. degree in American Universities". He further added that in most Canadian Universities (e.g. University of New Brunswick) and in most of Australian Universities (e.g. University of New South Wales) where M.Sc. degree also is granted in Civil Engineering departments, the Higher Diploma is to be considered somewhere between B.Sc and M.Sc. closer to the latter one. This also applies to the Ohio State University and University of Hawaii in USA. This evaluation report witnesses that the HDC is at a high level of a Post Graduate Diploma.

Objective of the course
Understanding of the basic principles of advanced surveying techniques coupled with reasonable knowledge of Mathematics, Computer Science and other related fields.

Nature of the course
Full time or Distance basis.
Course medium
English
Entry Qualification
At present the HDC in Surveying can be followed by Class II grade II officers in the Survey Department having fulfilled the following criteria.
  • Officers who have successfully completed Advanced Diploma at ISMD.
  • Officers who have successfully completed Bachelor Degree in Surveying Sciences at ISMD
  • or
  • Candidates outside the Survey Department with similar academic and practical experiences

Assessment of the course
In each subject there are five or more home assignments or practical, one or two mid term examinations during the course of the quarters and final examinations following the quarters. 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 Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 2.750 or above
First Class Honours Minimum Cumulative Point Hour Ratio of 3.250 or above

Content (in brief)
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Computation Techniques in Surveying, Geodesy, Field Astronomy, Map Projection, Photogrammetry, Cartography, Cadastre, Management, Electronic Surveying, Practical Task & Reports, Technical Paper For full syllabus see the curriculum.

Duration
For Officers who have successfully completed Advanced Diploma - One year
For Officers who have successfully completed Bachelor Degree in Surveying Sciences at ISMD - One and half years (Distance Basis)

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 ISMD at present.

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

For further information
Director (Institute of Surveying and Mapping)