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CEG1707 : Quantitative Methods for Geomatics

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


An appreciation of the basic quantitative and statistical methodologies which underpin Geomatics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to statistics and associated mathematical tools: Summary statistics of a data set, mean, standard derivation; Summary statistics of bivariate data, correlation; Spearman’s rank correlation; Probability; Binomial distribution; Population distributions, probability density functions; Mean and standard deviation of populations described by probability density functions; Errors in geomatic data. Normal distribution: mean and standard deviation, standard form, use of tables with applications to geomatics, standard error. Integration, partial differentiation, series expansions, introduction to matrices.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion32:006:00Revision for class tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion380:3019:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Class Tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are the standard approach for introducing material. Indeed the old fashioned ‘talk and chalk’ with handouts is more beneficial as the thought process becomes more transparent. Small group teaching/tutorial activities are an essential means of assisting students to look a wide variety of practical problems and to overcome the mentality of 'rote’ learning without understanding.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Unseen, written examination.
Written Examination602M30Class Test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The vast majority of factual and conceptual material, relating to all learning outcomes, is assessed within the unseen written exam. In addition, class tests reinforce the subject matter in a sequential manner as the module progresses, and encourage the students to become familiar with the subject matter in a module where later content relies on understanding and being competent with previous work. Summative assessment provides both the necessary measure for student progress up to that point and is used by the module leader for diagnostic assessment to identify any weaknesses.

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