SURV4410

Astronomy and Satellite Positioning

10 Units

Astronomical positioning: Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars; astronomical co-ordinate systems. Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail. Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation. Satellite positioning: Theory and practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Objectives
  1. Exposure of surveying students to the practice of position determination by these methods.
  2. Familiarise students with celestial and satellite co-ordinate systems.
  3. Familiarise students with the differences between co-ordinates based on ellipsoidal and level surfaces.
Content

Astronomical positioning:

  • Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars
  • Astronomical co-ordinate systems; time; star almanac; refraction.

  • Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail.

  • Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation.

Satellite positioning: - Theory of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.

  • Practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.
Replacing Course(s) N/A.
Transition N/A.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Content covered in courses SURV2180, SURV2340, and SURV3510.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Field Study
Lecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - A combination of formal examination, fieldwork assignments, and usage assignments based on software usage. NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Contact Hours
  • Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
  • Field Study: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for SURV4410

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