CEG3709 : Advanced Geodesy
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Ciprian Spatar
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to a range of active research areas in physical and space geodesy including the geodetic background, methodologies and measurements and their use in a variety of applications.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will instruct students in aspects and techniques of physical and space geodesy. In particular, methods for modelling the Earth’s static and time-variable gravity field, satellite orbits and orbital perturbations, the principles of orbit determination and various space geodetic techniques will be discussed. Subject material will cover topics underpinning the mathematical formulation of the Earth’s gravity field, the geoid and gravity anomalies, the normal gravity field and its use in height systems, precise orbit determination, modelling the Earth’s gravity field from orbital perturbations, altimetry, gravimetry and dedicated gravity field missions.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||18||0:30||9:00||Revision for exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||7:30||15:00||Practical write-ups|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||PC based|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Core material is primarily delivered through lectures, supplemented by extensive directed reading from the research literature. Analysis skills will be developed in computer-based practical sessions closely linked with the lecture material.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||70||Unseen written exam|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||30||Two practical write-ups (approx. 1000 words for each). Each is worth 15% of the total module assessment.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Practical write-ups will demonstrate the student's ability to apply suitable analysis techniques and geophysical models, as well as testing research and written coursework skills, and deeper knowledge in the chosen topic. A written exam will cover the knowledge and synthesis of the lecture material and directed reading.