Courses & Units

Global Navigation Satellite Systems KGG546


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.

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

One of the key objectives of this unit is to provide students with high-level skills in the collection, processing, and presentation of GNSS data. In the practical component, students will gain experience using GNSS equipment to achieve various levels of coordinate precision and develop skills in GNSS data collection techniques suitable for mapping, surveying, and scientific applications.

Students enrolling in this unit are expected to have a good general understanding of coordinates and mapping and be comfortable dealing with basic numerical (coordinate) data handling and analysis.


Unit name Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Unit code KGG546
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Rachael Hurd
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain GNSS theory with respect to its role in spatial data collection
  • Explain coordinate datums and transformations as they relate to GNSS data
  • Apply professional methodologies for GNSS data collection and processing
  • Evaluate GNSS survey outcomes and communicate results.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031103 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 1-hour online lecture, 1 x 1-hour tutorial (on campus or online), 1 x 3-hour practical, per week. 

AssessmentOnline exam (50%)|Report (5%)|Report (15%)|Report (20%)|Assignment (10%)
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