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Fundamentals of Geomatics I GEOG5009

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with a grounding in coordinate systems and projections, together with mathematical and statistical techniques to support the study of Geomatics


  Normally Mondays in first ½ of semester 1

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

GEOG5008 Fundamentals of Geomatics (Combined)


Portfolio of short exercises 30%,

Examination 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

Geospatial information acquisition, processing and management requires familiarity with certain concepts including: coordinate systems and map projections, figures of the earth, 2&3D trigonometry, statistics etc, generally conducted within the frameworks established by national and international professional and standards organisations. It is the intention of this course to ensure that all programme participants have familiarity with these topics and having completed this, will be able to apply this knowledge in the gathering, processing and managing of geospatial data.

Some applications are specifically addressed in this course (mostly as practicals), but many are addressed or revisited in other courses within the programmes. It is for this reason that this material is considered to consist of essential fundamentals for the geospatial MSc programmes.

The course is supported by tutorial exercises on mathematical principles applied to surveying & mapping.



To prepare students in mathematical and statistical techniques to support the study of Geomatics;

To use central tendency statistics and probability to represent the quality of geospatial data;

To introduce concepts of coordinate systems, datums, coordinate conversions and transformations and map projections; 


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

  On completing this course students will be able to:

■ describe the basic principles of geodesy, including the size and shape of the Earth, datums and Earth-based coordinate systems;

■ explain the principles of coordinate transformations, conversions and map projections;

■ determine suitable basic statistical techniques for data and explain why they are suitable

■ select an appropriate map projection for a purpose;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practical sessions