Geodesy 1


The course involves:

1. the fundamentals and modern concerns of geodesy, recent developments and applications of global and satellite geodesy;

2. the gravity field of the earth and how it affects observations;

3. the geometry of the ellipsoid;

4. determination of geographical and map projection coordinates from geodetic observations; and

5. the concept of a geodetic datum and how to transform coordinates from one datum to another.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To obtain an elementary understanding of the way that the earth's gravity field affects observations.

2. To gain a basic knowledge of the geometry of the ellipsoid and of map projections.

3. To be able to perform computations on the ellipsoid

4. To be able to do computations on the Universal Transverse Mercator projection.

5. To understand what a geodetic datum is, how it is obtained and how to do datum transformations.

6. To understand the significance of the Geocentric Datum of Australia and Map Grid of Australia.


  • The geoid, the ellipsoid and the earth's gravity field.
  • Elementary geometry of the ellipsoid.
  • Determination of geodetic position in terms of geographical coordinates.
  • Map projections.
  • Geodetic datum concepts and geodetic surveying.
  • Datum transformations.
  • The Geocentric Datum of Australia.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in courses MATH2310 and Level 1 and 2 surveying courses.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class Exams

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term