Fundamentals of Geomatics II GEOG5010

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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 in second ½ of semester 1

Requirements of Entry



Fundamentals of Geomatics I


Week 11 Map projection transformation exercise

Week 13 1 hour examination

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

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

To prepare students to instigate a projection change using available and self-developed software.

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

To introduce DTMs and their application in Geomatics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

  On completing this unit students will be able to:

■ based on central tendency statistics, determine the precision of a set of observations, and estimate their accuracy;

■ determine the correlation between two sets of apparently independent variables.

■ select appropriate map projections;

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

■ write short programs using VBA (and other Basic based languages);

■ discuss the concepts and models used in digital terrain and surface modelling;

■ assess data sources for digital terrain and surface modelling;

■ describe and compare algorithms for creating digital terrain and surface models from different types of data;

■ describe methods for visualising 3D data

■ discuss applications of 3D data

■ use standard GIS to create terrain and surface models and produce visualisations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practicals