Courses & Units

Global Navigation Satellite Systems KGG306




Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) enable autonomous global positioning using signals broadcast from various satellite constellations. With an ability to achieve accuracies ranging from metres to millimetres, GNSS provides positioning capability that underpins a host of scientific, commercial, civilian and military applications.

In this unit, we focus on the United States NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS), and also review the Russian Federation's GLONASS system together with other emerging GNSS such as the European Union's Galileo, and Chinese Beidou systems.

The unit commences with an introduction to coordinate systems and transformations and progresses into the examination of the GPS signals, biases and a range of GNSS positioning and processing techniques (e.g. baseline processing, precise point positioning and Real-Time correction). Applications of GNSS technology in both scientific and commercial endeavours are also reviewed in the unit.

In the practical component of KGG306 students will gain real-world experience using GNSS equipment and software to achieve various levels of coordinate precision and develop skills in GNSS data collection and processing techniques suitable for mapping, surveying and scientific applications.

Students enrolling in this unit are expected to have a good understanding of coordinates and mapping from the prerequisite units (KGG220 or KGG212) and be comfortable dealing with basic numerical (coordinate) data handling and analysis.

KGG306 is an advanced unit in the GIS and Remote Sensing Major of the B. Science.


Unit name Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Unit code KGG306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Rachael Hurd

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Please check that your computer meets the minimum System Requirements if you are attending via Distance/Off-Campus.

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

About Census Dates



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 031101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.




Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

26 Lectures (1hr), 13 Tutorials (1hr), 13 Practicals (3hr)


50% Practicals & Assignments , 50% Exam

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable




Booktopia textbook links

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.