Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Fundamentals of Geomatics II GEOG5010

  • 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 enhanced mathematical, statistical and computational techniques to support the study of Geomatics


  Normally Mondays - runs over 5 weeks, after Fundamentals I

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

  GEOG5008 Fundamentals of Geomatics (Combined)


GEOG5009 Fundamentals of Geomatics I

GEOG5123 Academic and professional skills (or previous experience with python programming)


Report on coordinate projection and transformation exercise (including computational files) - 70%

1 hour in class essay - Least squares - 20%

During course - maths tests 10%

Course Aims

To enable students to instigate a projection change using available and self-developed software;

To deepen understanding of projections and transformations

To introduce the principles and use of Least Squares in surveying & mapping.

To further prepare students in the mathematical, statistical and computational techniques to support the study of Geomatics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

  On completing this course students will be able to:

■ interact with projections and transformations at the mathematical level and evaluate the results

■ write short python programs that are building on a basic introduction to python;

■ explain the principles and applications of least squares in surveying & mapping;

■ be able to perform calculations for basic calculus and variance propagation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practicals