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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

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 completion32:006:00Practical write-ups
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Summative formal exam via the VLE
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Computer-based practical sessions (PIP)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities180:309:00Understanding of lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion100:305:00Discussions and Q&As via the VLE
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Reading, revision and exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online introduction
Total100:00
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.

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 exam via the VLE
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M10Map projections
Practical/lab report2M10Map projection computations and coordinate transformations
Practical/lab report2M10Coordinate transformations using least squares
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The three practical write-ups demonstrate the ability of students to work with different map projections in common usage and to undertake various operations with coordinates. The off campus examination assesses the knowledge of lecture materials, as well as the ability to synthesise information and to apply theoretical concepts into practice.

Reading Lists

Timetable