Course Title: Satellite Positioning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Satellite Positioning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Kefei Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 53272

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


This course introduces you to the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) for simple asset mapping tasks. The basic principles of GPS are explained, along with expected accuracies and common errors sources. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively use GPS to capture geographic and attribute data using data dictionaries and GPS receivers.

You will be introduced to the process of collecting geographic data and its attributes using an asset grade GPS mapping system. You will achieve this using a commercial grade mapping system alongside cloud based mapping tools. This data will be collected in conjunction with an industry partner and delivered to this partner at the end of the semester.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


The course contributes to the following Program Learning Objectives for MC058 Master of Applied Science (Geospatial Information):

1.1     Describe the fundamental and applied scientific knowledge that underpins the geospatial sciences.

1.2     Identify and elaborate on specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science.

2.3   Be proficient in the recording, storage, management and reporting of spatial information.

3.2   Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.

4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical    presentations to peers and a wider audience.

6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning.

6.3 Professionally manage and use information.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of satellite positioning using GPS receivers.
  2. Use a hand-held GPS for a variety of positioning and mapping purposes.
  3. Collect and handle geospatial and feature attribute data using cloud based mapping tools.
  4. Conduct basic analysis and quality assurance of GPS data (positions).
  5. Explain why certain GPS receivers are more appropriate for these tasks than others.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will actively engage you in a series of lectures, practical exercises and workshop studios. Learning support materials and assignment submissions are managed via the University Learning Hub.

Overview of Learning Resources


As a student enrolled in this course you have access to extensive learning resources provided in the school and in the RMIT Library. The library offers comprehensive services and facilities, geared to assist you in completing your studies successfully. Furthermore additional learning resources include software tools used in contemporary surveying, a database of case studies of cadastral studies and a collection of literature available through the learning hub and related prescribed texts.

Support can also be found at RMIT Library Guides:

Overview of Assessment


Assessment tasks

Your assessment involves written assignments and practical exercise reports.

Assessment Task 1:

Analysis of Influence of Environment Characteristics for GPS Positioning 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2


Assessment Task 2:

Understanding GPS Accuracy and Precision– Scatter plot Analysis 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4


Assessment Task 3:

GPS Mapping Folio 3 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4 & 5