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CEG2707 : Map Projections and Geodetic Datums

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


The aims of this module are to introduce students to the coordinate systems used in surveying, GIS and remote sensing, present the main geodetic datums used worldwide and in the UK and illustrate how to represent the curved surface of the Earth onto a plane using various types of projections

Outline Of Syllabus

Coordinate systems (geographic, geodetic and Cartesian)
Computations on the sphere and the ellipsoid
Principles and classification of map projections
Scale factor and Tissot’s indicatrix
Cylindrical map projections
Azimuthal map projections
Conic and other map projections
Computations within map projections
Geodetic datums and coordinate transformations
Height systems and vertical datums
Datums and coordinate systems in the British Isles

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion32:006:00Practical write-ups
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Undertake map projection computations and coordinate operations.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge, understanding and skills are primarily imparted by lecture classes, supported by focussed practical sessions; students are encouraged (through a structured reading list) to learn through independent reading. Key skills are further supported by practicals along with specific coursework submissions which allow the student to demonstrate their ability to report on and synthesise practical work.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M10Practical Report
Practical/lab report2M10Practical Report
Practical/lab report2M10Practical Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

3 practicals for a total of 30% of total assessment. Distribute evenly, i.e. 10% awarded for each piece of coursework.

Practical write-ups will demonstrate the ability of students to work with different map projections in common usage worldwide and in the UK, and to undertake various operations with coordinates. The written exam will cover the knowledge and synthesis of the lecture material.

Reading Lists