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 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
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
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SURV4410