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Module

CEG1705 : An Introduction to GNSS and its Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ciprian Spatar
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the module is for students to understand the principles underlying the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs) at metre and sub-metre accuracy for applications in surveying, GIS, transport, agriculture, asset management, and scientific studies.

This module introduces students to the basics of positioning using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), of which the US Global Positioning System (NAVSTAR GPS) is the prime example. We will cover the system components and the way they interact, the causes of measurement error and how they may be mitigated (including differential GNSS), and the relationships between the different coordinate types that may be used to describe position. The applications of metre-accuracy GNSS positioning will be discussed during lectures and within a self-directed project. More advanced topics include a brief introduction to precise (millimetre-accuracy) positioning using the carrier phase and the relationships between different historical coordinate datums used in the UK and worldwide (including height systems involving the geoid). Practical exercises include spreadsheet-based coordinate calculations, and the opportunity to test different types of GNSS receivers in the field.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of GNSSs;
How code GNSS works;
Errors affecting GNSS positioning and error mitigation;
Differential GNSS;
Overview of precise (phase) GNSS;
The future of GNSSs;
Coordinate systems used with GNSS;
Overview of map projections;
Overview of geodetic datums and coordinate transformations.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:206:00Non-synchronous recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Practical write-up
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Report writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Summative formal exam via the VLE
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Computer-based practical sessions
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities180:309:00Understanding of lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminar. PIP / online depending on circumstances
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion90:304:30Discussions and Q&As via the VLE
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork11:301:30GNSS data collection and analysis
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Reading, revision and exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online introduction
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG2719GNSS for Geoscientists and Engineers
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Factual and conceptual material relating to all learning outcomes is covered in formal lectures; more interpretative and application-based material is encountered in the individual project. Knowledge outcomes 1 and 4, and the skills outcomes, are further covered in computer-based practicals on computational aspects of coordinate systems and a practical field exercise involving the collection of actual GPS data, followed by analysis and interpretation of errors.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Unseen written exam via VLE
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CEG2719GNSS for Geoscientists and Engineers2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Practical/fieldwork satisfactory completion
Report2M15Project report of approximately 4 pages on one GNSS application of choice
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practicals/fieldword 15% for satisfactory completion and final report x 100 words.

Project (applications of GNSS): 15%

The vast majority of factual and conceptual material, relating to all learning outcomes, is assessed within the unseen written exam.

Analytical and computational aspects are assessed as part of the practical reports (coursework). Knowledge outcomes 3 and 4, and the skills outcomes, are particularly addressed in the assessed project report (coursework).

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