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)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
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 2015 Course Timetables for SURV4410

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