Adjustment Theory and Practice

Subject GEOM90040 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

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: 48 hours per semester (Lectures: 24 hours, Lab exercises: 24 hours)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Assoc Prof Allison Kealy


Dr Allison Kealy

Subject Overview: This subject will provide an introduction to the design, adjustment and analysis of survey networks by application of least squares techniques. The subject includes a review of error theory; propagation of variances; testing for measurement outliers; review of matrix operations; variance matrices; observation equations; linearisation of non-linear functions; the least squares algorithm; testing least squares adjustments; interpreting results; and network adjustment in theory and practice

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

  • Describe the theory of least squares estimation
  • Apply this knowledge to the solution of simple adjustment and estimation problems in the spatial sciences
  • 2-hour written examination, end of semester (50%)
  • 10 x Written assignments (6 hours workload), weekly (40%, 4% each)
  • 1-hour class test, week 8 (10%)
Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written examination at the end of the semester in order to pass this subject
Prescribed Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: • 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
• Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Geomatics)

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