Bachelor of Science (Geoinformatics) Programme

1.0 Introduction
Geoinformatics is the art and science of gathering, processing, manipulating, managing, disseminating and
applying geospatial data. The B.Sc. (Geoinformatics) programme is intended to produce professionals who are
capable of using information technology (IT) to handle geospatial information for the economic, social and
physical development of the country.
Since its inception, as many as 556 graduates had successfully completed this programme.

2.0 Programme Name and Conferment
a) Programme Name
Bachelor in Geoinformatics
b) Conferment
Bachelor of Science (Geoinformatics)

3.0 Programme Recognition
The programme, approved and recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and the Public Services
Department (PSD), was  rst offered in the academic year of 1993/94. The extract of the letter from the PSD
[JPA(L)S.130/2/1 Jld.4(97)] in recognizing the programme is as follows:

“The Permanent Committee of Evaluation and Quali cation Recognition (JTPPK) in its 79th meeting on July 2nd
2002 chaired by The Honorable Education Minister of Malaysia had recognized the degree of Bachelor of Science
(Geoinformatics) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as equivalent to the Bachelor of Science with Honours from
other local Higher Learning Institutions for any appointment to the Public Services, Malaysia”.

4.0 Aim of Programme
The aim of the programme is to produce graduates that have sound knowledge in geoinformation science,
competent in handling geospatial information as well as being ethical and able to contribute to the development
of the country.

5.0 Programme Objective
The objective of this programme is to produce graduates who are:
i) able to apply their knowledge and skills in the planning, analysis, design and supervision of works related
to the geoinformatics discipline
ii) technically competent in solving problems logically, analytically and creatively based on sound facts and
ideas
iii) capable of possessing a good leadership quality, ethical and professionally contribute towards the
development of the nation
iv) able to work collectively in societies of diverse backgrounds to achieve common goals
v) able to communicate effectively across a range of contexts and audiences
vi) able to manage geoinformatics issues for the development and betterment of the nation and mankind
vii) willing to embark on business and provide job opportunities
viii) aware of the current local and global issues

6.0 Entry Requirements
Candidates need to ful ll both general entry requirements of UTM and the programme specific
requirements as described below:
University General Requirements
Possess Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with credit in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia or credit in Bahasa Melayu/
Bahasa Malaysia July Paper.
and
Obtain Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) with at least:
• Grade C (NGMP 2.67) in General Paper
and
• Grade C (NGMP 2.67) in two (2) other subjects
and
Obtain at least Band 1 in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET).

Programme Speci c Requirements
A. Minimum quali cation of Ministry of Education (MOE) Matriculation/Univeristi Malaya (UM)
Foundation Studies in Science/Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Foundation Studies in Law
applicant:

A pass with at least Grade C (2.67) in Mathematics and one of the following subjects:
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Biology
• Computer Science
• Information Technology
• Accounting
• Economy
and
A pass with credit in Mathematics in the SPM or equivalent exam.
B. Minimum Quali cation of Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) applicant:

A pass with at least Grade C (NGMP 2.67) in Mathematics S or Mathematics T or Further Mathematics T, and one
of the following subjects:
• Physics
• Chemistry
• Biology
• Economy
• Geography
• Computing
and
A pass with credit in Mathematics in the SPM or equivalent exam.

C. Academic Qualification of Diploma Holders or its Equivalent
A UTM Diploma or its equivalent (recognized by the Malaysian Government and approved by the Senate of
the University) with minimum CGPA of 2.70 in one of the following disciplines:
• Diploma in Computer Science
• Diploma in Valuation
• Diploma in Architecture
• Diploma in Land Survey
• Diploma in Town and Urban Planning
• Diploma in Quantity Surveying
• Other equivalent Diplomas which are considered relevant to the programme
or
Candidates with CGPA of less than 2.70 are also quali ed to apply provided they have at least two years of
working experience.

Candidates must also achieve a pass with distinction in Mathematics in the SPM/equivalent exam or Grade C in
any Mathematics subject at Diploma level.

Note: The level of entrance is year 1 semester 1 with transfer of credit for relevant courses not more than 50%
of the total graduating credits (assessment for candidate is on a case-to-case basis).

7.0 Programme Implementation
The programme is conducted full time, emphasizing on both aspects of teaching and learning, i.e. theoretical
understanding of knowledge and technical skill development through hands-on laboratory exercises and  eld
works. Students are required to undergo two intensive training camps in the campus (one in semester 4 and
another in semester 5) and a 10-week industrial training at the end of their third year to gain experience of and
exposure to the real working environment. Students are encouraged to get an attachment to the government
departments or the private companies for their industrial training.

8.0 Laboratory Facilities
Besides being conducted by quali ed academic staff, this programme is also supported by the relevant equipments
and facilities namely:

a) Laboratories:
1. Geographic Information System Laboratory I
2. Geographic Information System Laboratory II
3. Photogrammetry & Laser Scanning Laboratory
4. Digital & Interactive Cartography Laboratory
5. Basic Remote Sensing Laboratory
6. Advanced Remote Sensing Laboratory
7. SDI Research Laboratory
8. 3-D GIS Laboratory

b) Teaching and learning facilities :
1. Nine (9) smart classrooms
2. Two (2) seminar rooms
3. Two (2) lecture theatres
4. One (1) resource centre (Faculty Library)
5. Several lecture and tutorial rooms
6. Strong wireless connection (within the faculty area)

c) Centre of Excellence (CoE) :
Institute for Geospatial Science and Technology (INSTEG)

9.0 The Unique Characteristics of Programme
i) A relatively new programme that provides opportunities to students to explore a more advanced information
technology, i.e. geospatial IT and other related  elds
ii) UTM is the only higher institution that offers this kind of programme (at undergraduate level) in the Asia
pacific region
iii) The lecturer-student ratio of 1:12 guarantees good and effective environment of teaching and learning
iv) Handled by lecturers who have been exposed to GIS education and training in foreign universities including
Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand
v) Graduates have vast job opportunities as a result of increasing demand for geospatial data handling in many
different disciplines.

10.0 Career Prospects
Graduates of the programme may work as GIS professionals at various government and private organizations
related to land affairs. Among the posts that can be held are:
• Geoinformation Of cer
• GIS/Remote Sensing Manager
• Geospatial Database Administrator
• GIS System Analyst
• GIS Programmer/Application Developer
• GIS/Remote Sensing Project Manager
• GIS/Remote Sensing Project Consultant

Agencies that require the service of these graduates include:
i) Government departments that are directly related to geospatial data management such as Department of
Surveying and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) and
Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM)
ii) Government departments that use geospatial information in their daily operation such as Forestry Department,
Department of Agriculture, Public Works Department, Department of Environment and Department of Town
and Regional Planning
iii) Organizations that are involved in utility works among which may include the Water Board, Telekom Malaysia
(TM), Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Petrolium Nasional (PETRONAS)
iv) Private companies dealing with data acquisition and processing such as land surveying  rms, software
vendors and digital data providers
v) Local Authorities (City Hall, City Council, Municipal Council and District Council)
vi) Other land-related agencies

Among the agencies that have employed the graduates of this programme are Malaysian Centre For Geospatial
Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI), Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM), National Institute of Land and Survey
(INSTUN), Malaysian Institute of Public Works (IKRAM), Putrajaya Corporation, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL),
Syarikat Air Johor Holdings (SAJH), Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS), Jabatan Bekalan Air Pahang,
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI South Asia) and Iskandar Region
Development Authority (IRDA).

The service of GIS and Remote Sensing professionals is becoming more important as more demands for
geospatial data handling are emerging due to the rapid growth of the country’s development. The graduates
of this programme can expect a very good future in their career and can always play their role in ful lling such
demands.