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Programme Aims and Features
The BSc Surveying Programme was the world's first fully integrated undergraduate surveying course and has led the way in surveying education. It covers the full spectrum of the real estate and construction businesses, including land and property development, construction management, real-estate finance and investment, facilities maintenance and urban renewal. One big difference between this and more conventional courses is the greater emphasis on the common academic perspective required by all real-estate and construction professionals.
The programme has two major components: lecture courses and surveying studios. The lecture courses define the academic core of the programme while the studios provide an environment within which the interdisciplinary nature of the programme can be more fully explored and boundaries tested through an extensive use of real-life case studies and student-centred project work.
The BSc Surveying Programme allows students in the third year of their studies to select one of two credit-bearing elective: Cities and Urban Development, which promotes international outreach and requires students to set and execute their own learning plans that culminate in an overseas field trip to explore the real estate and construction business in different socioeconomic environments; and Professional Practice, which requires students to gain professional experience during internships in companies related to the real-estate and construction businesses. The electives provide an experiential learning platform for students to enhance their personal, academic and professional development.
BSc(Surv) is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). Graduates have complete flexibility to choose a surveying specialism from among HKIS' five divisions: General Practice Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Planning and Development, and Property and Facility Management.
Graduates gain full professional status, after an appropriate length of approved practical experience, by passing professional body's professional assessment. Members of the HKIS are eligible to register as a Registered Professional Surveyor (RPS) under the Surveyors Registration Ordinance (Cap.417); members of the RICS can use the designation Chartered Surveyor; and members of the CIOB can use the designation Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager.
The programme qualifies graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Private-sector employers include developers, consultancy firms, property-investment companies, property-management companies, financial institutions and building contractors. In addition, there is an increasing trend for large non-real-estate businesses such as retail chains, hotel groups and even international courier companies to employ graduates from this programme to manage their real-estate assets. Public-sector employers include the Lands Department, Buildings Department, Rating and Valuation Department, Architectural Services Department, Housing Department, Hong Kong Housing Society and Urban Renewal Authority. Graduates who choose to pursue a professional career as a surveyor normally take on one or more of the following roles:
- Building surveyors – concerned with project management and the supervision of both new developments and the redevelopment of existing property; life-cycle and maintenance management; and surveying existing buildings. They are also involved in the statutory control of real estate and infrastructural developments together with the resolution of disputes.
- General practice surveyors – concerned with management, development and valuation of land and real estate; the financial, economic and managerial aspects of real-estate investment; and the sale and lease of various types of property.
- Quantity surveyors – concerned with cost planning, cost control and financial management of construction projects. They are involved in estimating costs, tendering, procurement, claims and contract management of projects, ensuring that clients receive value for money.
- Planning and development surveyors – concerned with the planning and development of real-estate development projects. They are involved in a variety of town-planning and land-use issues, project evaluation and economic feasibility, and development monitoring, mainly in the private sector.
- Property and facilities management surveyors – concerned with the management of property assets under investment; the strategic use of corporate real estate; project management; and managing real-estate developments involving both landlords and tenants.