Course Title: GPS Mapping

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: GPS Mapping

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Prof Kefei Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3272

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have successfully completed the course GEOM2083 Applied Geospatial Techniques.

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.

In this course 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


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes forBH116 and BH117 (Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)):

1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in geospatial science

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. Undertake 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.

A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment


Assessment: Task 1 –

Analysis of Influence of Environment Characteristics for GPS Positioning1 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2


Assessment: Task 2 –

Understanding GPS Accuracy and Precision– Scatter plot Analysis 2 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