The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

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

3. Perform computations on the ellipsoid.

4. Perform computations on the Universal Transverse Mercator projection.

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

6. 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 MATH1110, MATH1120, PHYS1205/PHY1210 and successful completion of SURV1200, SURV2210, SURV2220 and SURV2230.

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