FAQs – Institute of Topographical Sciences


General FAQ
How is the registration process done and what are the admission requirements?2018-10-12T09:45:51+00:00

Submit an application online or send an official letter. To enter the Foundation Program candidates need a Secondary School Certificate with a pass mark of 60%. To enter the Diploma Program directly candidates must have completed a Foundation program within the last two years or produce evidence of an IELTS band of 4 or higher.

Are the courses offered by the institute limited to those working in the military and security sector?2018-10-12T09:55:31+00:00

ITS courses are open to all sectors of Omani society.

What are the basic services provided by the institute to its students during their period of study?2018-10-12T09:55:48+00:00

ITS provides students with all course materials, software, and equipment. ITS has a modern computer lab, internet center, cartography lab and a large range of modern surveying instruments. There is also a public library with numerous books and magazines on Surveying and Geomatics.

What distinguishes the institute from other colleges in Oman?2018-10-12T09:58:28+00:00

The institute is part of the National Survey Authority – one of the leading institutions in the Sultanate of Oman in the field of mapping. ITS is unique in that, it has an established program of training that covers all aspects related to the latest developments in Geospatial Technology.

What is the nature of the study?2020-08-24T11:09:29+00:00

The study at the Institute of Topographical Sciences includes theoretical lessons and practical applications. Some practical applications include field visits to virtual monitoring sites with the aim of conducting ground surveys using survey instruments. While theoretical lessons are conducted in the classroom, they include curricula in survey disciplines in addition to English, mathematics and computers.

Is the study associated with employment?2020-08-24T11:03:19+00:00

The study at the Institute of Topographic Sciences is not associated with employment, the institute provides the opportunity to obtain the recognized specialty certificate only, and the graduate can then search for the appropriate job according to the usual procedures followed.

Is the student granted a financial allowance (pocket money)?2020-08-24T11:17:03+00:00

The student is not granted any financial allowances at the present time.

Does the institute undertake to provide housing for the student?2020-08-24T11:25:46+00:00

The institute does not provide housing for the student. Some suggestions may be made that help students obtain appropriate housing without incurring any responsibility.

Does the student undergo military training?2020-08-24T11:32:50+00:00
Are there difficulties in the field work for the female component?2020-08-24T11:46:33+00:00

Practical training is of utmost importance to apply what has been learned from the theoretical materials and the practical application includes various lessons that are conducted in computer laboratories in addition to other practical applications in which different survey devices are used and which require field visits in the areas near the institute. Fieldwork is not difficult due to the majority of teamwork among students.

Can a student continue studying for the (Bachelor’s) degree?2020-08-24T11:41:52+00:00

The institute is in the process of signing an academic association agreement with the University of Portsmouth in Britain, as the agreement to be signed with the university includes a plan to design a bachelor’s program in surveying majors, which will provide the opportunity in the future for those who wish to complete their academic career to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

What are the employment options after graduation?2020-08-24T12:01:46+00:00

The surveying and mapping sector is considered one of the promising sectors in the Sultanate of Oman, where graduates of the survey and mapping engineering diploma can work in many technical disciplines related to the field as a specialist surveyor, geographic information systems technician, or a technician specializing in aerial imagery analysis and remote sensing, and most of the jobs are still Managed by foreign hands.

If requested, are lecturers available to give individual attention to students?2020-08-24T10:47:44+00:00

Students can make an appointment to meet a lecturer or their Academic Advisor to discuss academic issues or receive further clarification/explanations.

Diploma FAQ
Why Choose This Course?2018-10-20T10:53:03+00:00

The development of countries today involves the use of a large amount of digital spatial data with high precision and reliability. Spatial data is used for planning and is a key source in decision-making. It is obtained through surveying, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. The collected data is stored and analyzed in a Geographical Information System (GIS) environment to be applied in a variety of vital areas.

Students receive practical and theoretical training as field surveyors and specialized technicians. After completing the program, graduates will be equipped to take up a wide range of employment options in government and private sectors in the Sultanate, working in areas related to civil engineering, policing, defence, the environment, statistics, housing and management.

Program Structure2018-10-23T22:19:05+00:00

This is a two year full-time program. There are 3 semesters per year. Semester 3 falls during the summer. Subjects are weighted differently, with some subjects emphasizing practical work over theory.

In the final semester of the second year, students join the map production sections at NSA and undertake a small project culminating in a report. This takes place over ten weeks and involves students specializing in one area of Geomatics. The chosen field allows students to deepen their knowledge in an area of Geomatics that interests them and enables them to gain valuable job-related training that may help them secure a job.

S.NO Year Semester Course Title Credit Points
1 Year 1 Semester -1 Communication Skills 12
2 Applied Mathematics 12
3 Introduction To Geomatics 12
4 Mapping Technology 12
5 Semester -2 Introduction To It 12
6 Surveying 12
7 Cartography-I 12
8 Land And Engineering Surveying 12
9 Semester -3Summer Geographical Information System (GIS) 12
10 Photogrammetry 12
1 Year 2 Semester -1 Business Management (Reyadah) 9
2 Cartography-ii 12
3 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) 12
4 Geospatial Reference System 12
5 Semester -2 Vertical Control Surveying 12
6 Automated Surveying 12
7 Spatial Analysis 12
8 Remote Sensing For Mapping 12
9 Semester -3 Summer Academic Writing And Presentation Skills 9
10 Project 24
Total 246
Program Aims2018-10-20T10:53:49+00:00

The Diploma program is designed to provide students with basic knowledge in a range of subjects related to Geospatial Science and may be seen as the equivalent of the first year of undergraduate studies. Diploma graduates wishing to continue their studies to degree level, will be able to obtain a university degree after just two more years of study.

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