Bachelor of Geomatics (Geomatics) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Bachelor of Geomatics (Geomatics) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Geomatics?

Geomatics is defined in the ISO/TC 211 series of standards as the “discipline concerned with the collection, distribution, storage, analysis, processing, presentation of geographic data or geographic information”

Programme Structure

The programme for the degree in Geomatics will be a single major programme that will extend over 8 semesters of Full time studies. It shall consist of a single subject called Geomatics consisting of the courses shown below:

Degree Structure

Level 100 shall consist of the following courses:

Semester One

MAT111 Introductory Mathematics 1(4 credits, core)
PHY112 Geometrical Optics and Mechanics (4 credits, code)
CGB111 Geomatics I (4 credits, core)

In addition students will take the following GEC Courses

COM131 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals (2)

Semester Two

MAT122 Introductory Mathematics 11 (4 credits, core, pre-req. MAT111)
PHY122 Electricity, Magnetism and Elements of Modern Physics (4 credits, code)
CGB121 Geomatics II (4 credits, core,pre-req. CGB111)

In addition students will take the following GEC Courses

COM132 Academic and Professional Communication (FET) (3)
ICT122 Computer Skills Fundamentals

Students will also take the following winter course:

CGB122 Survey Camp I (2 credits, core, pre-req. CGB111, CGB121, 2 weeks)

Level 200 shall consist of the following courses:

Semester Three

MAT291 Engineering Mathematics I (3credits, core)
CSI141 Programming Principles (3 credits, core)
CGB213 Principles of Cartography (3 credits, core)
CGB211 Elements of Photogrammetry (3 credits, core)
URP110 Introduction to Planning and the Built Environment (3 credits, core)

Semester Four

MAT292 Engineering Mathematics II (3, core, pre- req. MAT291)
CGB221 Digital Photogrammetry (3, core, pre- reqCGB211)
ENS243 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3, core)
CGB223 Digital Cartography (3, core, pre-req. CGB213)
CGB224 Programming for Geomatics (3 credits, core, pre-req. CSI141)

The students will also take the following winter course:

ITB200 Industrial Training (4 credits, core, 8 weeks)

Level 300 Shall consist of the following courses:

Semester Five

MAT391 Engineering Mathematics III (3, core)
CGB311 Engineering Surveying (3, core, pre-req. CGB121,)
CGB312 Geodesy I (3, core)
LAW354 Land Law for Geomatics (3, core)
CGB313 Survey Adjustment and Analysis (4, core)

Semester Six

CGB321 Introduction to Land Administration (3, core)
CGB322 Principles of GIS (3, core)
CGB323 Satellite Positioning Systems (3credits, core, pre-req. CGB312)
CGB324 Geodesy II (3, core, pre-req. CGB312)
CSI262 Database Concepts (3, core)

In addition students will take the following winter courses:

ITB300 Industrial Training II (4 credits, core, 8 weeks)
CGB325 Survey Camp II (2 credits, core, pre-req. CGB323, CGB324, 2 weeks)

Level 400 shall consist of the following courses:

Semester Seven

CGB411 Research Project I (3, core)
CGB412 Spatial Data Modelling and Analysis (3, core, pre-req. CGB322)
CGB413 Advanced Land Administration 3, core, pre-req. CGB321)

In addition the students will choose 2 options from the following:

CGB414 Remote Sensing Applications (3, option, pre-req. ENS243)
CGB415 Advanced Cartographic Visualisation (3, option, pre-req. CGB223)
CGB416 GIS Design and Implementation (3 credits, option, pre-req. CSI262 & CGB322)
CGB417 Digital Image Processing (3, option, pre-req. CGB221& ENS243)
CGB418 Principles and Practice of SDI Development (3, option)

Semester Eight

CBB529 Professional Ethics (3, core)
CGB421 Research Project II (3, core, pre-req CGB411)
CGB422 Cadastral Surveying Practice (4 credits, core,)
CGB426 Geomatics for Mining (3 core, pre-req. CGB311)

In addition students will choose any 2 options from the following:

CGB423 GIS Applications (4, option, pre-req. CGB322)
CGB424 Special Studies in Land administration (3 option, pre-re CGB413)
CGB425 Location-based Services (3, option,)

A course may consist entirely of fieldwork, project work, practical work, design, and seminars. In addition to work during the semester, a subject may include prescribed fieldwork or assignments during the vacation periods.


Continuous assessment in courses shall be based on tests and assignments, and where applicable laboratory reports and field reports. The ratio between tests and assignment shall be 1:1.

The ratio of continuous assessment to formal examination shall be 2:3.

A project shall be evaluated by continuous assessment, oral presentation and/or demonstration and a written report. The ratio of the marks for continuous assessment, presentation assessment and written report shall be 2:1:1.