Course syllabus


VGMF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

General Information

Elective Compulsory for: L3
Elective for: L4-gi, V4-at, V4-tv
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of concepts and methods in satellite geodesy (GPS) and geodetic surveying with applications to real problems. Furthermore, it aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge in the methods of geo-data collection and mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) and laser scanning (Lidar).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to:

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to:


The fundamental principles and definitions of geodesy, reference systems and map projections, control point surveying, transformations, plane and levelling measurements, and theory of errors and tolerances. Satellite positioning methods, data collection and mapping with terrestrial surveying as well as new techniques based on drone and Lidar system. Considerable emphasis is placed on the connection between locations based on airborne (e.g. Lidar, drone), satellite borne (e.g. GPS) and terrestrial techniques.

The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and field work.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam, satisfactory assignments and participation in field exercises. For grade 3, it is needed to get approved on all assignments and field works. The written examination in the end of the course is not required for grade 3. For extra grades (4 and 5), however, the final written examination is needed.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: FMA420 Linear Algebra OR FMAB20 Linear Algebra.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VGM021

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Sadegh Jamali,
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