Satellite Positioning

Subject GEOM90033 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 36 hours lab exercises
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: The subject will provide an overview of the theory and applications of satellite positioning, particularly in a geodetic context. Content of the subject includes geodetic datum definition and coordinate systems, the principles and theory of satellite positioning, error modelling, practical applications and considerations, data processing strategies, heights from GPS and geoid modelling and the future of satellite geodesy.

On completion of this subject students will have the ability to:

  • Describe the theory of modern satellite geodesy
  • Dscuss the applications of modern satellite geodesy
  • Apply space-based positioning systems (such as GPS) in combination with sophisticated mathematical modelling to solve the problems of determining 3-D position on and near the surface of the Earth.
  • One written examination at the end of semester of not more than 3 hours (50%).
  • Five written assignment reports of about 4 pages, due evenly throughout the semester (40%).
  • One 1-hour class mid-semester test (10%). Students must achieve a grade of at least 50% in the written examination at the end of the semester in order to pass the subject.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will have the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Geomatics)

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