Course Title: Diagnose and rectify faults in global positioning systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: EEET6755C

Course Title: Diagnose and rectify faults in global positioning systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6108 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers fault diagnosis and rectification in global positioning system. The unit encompasses safe working practices, interpreting diagrams, applying logical diagnostic methods and knowledge of GPS system components, rectifying faults, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary service documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH032B Diagnose and rectify faults in global positioning systems


1. Prepare to diagnose and rectify faults

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 Safety hazards that have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The extent of faults is determined from reports and other documentation and from discussion with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved on the work site.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to diagnose faults are obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Diagnose and rectify faults

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits/machines/plant are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures
2.4 Logical diagnostic methods are applied to diagnose global positioning systems faults employing measurements and estimations of system operating parameters referenced to system operational requirements.
2.5 Suspected fault scenarios are tested as being the source of system problems.
2.6 Source of the fault is identified and appropriately competent persons are engaged to rectify the fault where it is outside the scope of electronics.
2.7 Faults in the electronic components of the system are rectified to raise global positioning system to its operation standard.
2.8 System is tested to verify that the system operates as intended and to specified requirements.
2.9 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate persons and job specifications and requirements.
2.10 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
2.11 Diagnosis and rectification activities are carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.


3. Complete and report fault diagnosis and rectification activities

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is made safe in accordance with established safety procedures.
3.3 Rectification of faults is documented in accordance with established procedures.
3.4 Appropriate person or persons notified, in accordance with established procedures, that the system faults have been rectified.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


Teaching Schedule


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Behrouz A. Forouzan, ‘Data Communications and Networking’, International Edition, McGraw-Hill Education

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summate assessments as follows:
• Laboratory exercises
• Written assignments
• Progressive test

Assessment Tasks

Closed Book Test                                                                                                  50 % 
Practical test 1                                                                                                        20%
Practical test 2                                                                                                        30%

Assessment Matrix


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