Satellite Positioning Systems

Subject GEOM90033 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 120 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion or concurrent enrolment in the following subject is required:

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Allison Kealy


Dr Allison Kealy

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
  • Discuss 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
  • A 3-hour written examination, end of intensive period (50%)
  • Three written assignment reports of about 3 pages each, due evenly throughout the intensive period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a grade of at least 50% in the written examination at the end of the intensive period in order to pass the subject

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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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