Postgraduate taught 

Land & Hydrographic Surveying with Work Placement MSc

Fundamentals of Geomatics II GEOG5010

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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

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