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,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof Allison Kealy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1261

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.19

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course has no pre-requisites. 

Course Description

This course aims to provide you with a sound foundation for your GeoSpatial/Surveying career. It focuses on the practical skills, tools and understanding of Satellite Positioning Systems required by the Spatial/Surveying industries of the future.

This course introduces you to the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) for mapping and surveying, as well as a range of current and emerging location based applications. The basic principles of GNSS are explained, along with expected accuracies and common errors sources and limitations. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to effectively use GNSS to determine coordinates as well as acquire and use spatial information.

In this course you will be introduced to the process of collecting positioning data using low cost, consumer grade GNSS receivers. You will understand the distinctions between consumer grade and survey grade receivers in order to make informed decisions about ‘fitness for use’.

Along the way, we will be undertaking workshops to enhance your practical skills in using and integrating GNSS coordinates with other spatial databases and mapping tools. We will be applying teamwork skills, essential computer skills, and the oral, written and visual communication skills that are fundamental to a professional career.

The course will raise awareness of the knowledge needed to work in the GeoSpatial and related industries as well as teach some practical skills to support further study.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours):

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

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 GNSS technology.
  2. Develop practical skills in a consumer grade GNSS receiver for a variety of positioning and mapping applications.
  3. Critically compare different grades of GNSS receiver technology in terms of positioning performance.
  4. Conduct the relevant statistical analyses to assure and explain the quality of GNSS measurements.
  5. Practically develop appropriate positioning solutions to real-world industry problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is presented as a series of lectorials, lab sessions, and practical exercises. The labs and practicals are designed; to apply the knowledge gained in the lectorials, developing a deeper understanding of the material explored in the lectorials, and to develop practical skills in the use of GNSS technology. You will also complete assignments which will further your knowledge and skills relating to the lectorial topics.

Overview of Learning Resources

Refer to Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Understanding positioning accuracy and precision
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Online Knowledge Test
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Positioning and Mapping Folio 3
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4 & 5