Astronomy and Satellite Positioning

Course code SURV4410Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. 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.
ContentAstronomical 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.
TransitionN/A.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in courses SURV2180, SURV2340, and SURV3510.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem 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 HoursPractical: 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
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SURV4410