BA8605 - Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours E

Course content

Reference systems, Mathematical models for positioning, Cycle slips detection, Ambiguty in phase determination, Multipath effects, Atmospheric delays, Adjustment of mathematical GPS models, Adjustment of Networks, Transformation of GPS results, GPS and Galileo

Learning outcome

Learning objective: After completing the course the candidate shall have an in-depth understanding of satellite positioning and navigation, especially American GPS. Knowledge: After completing the course, the candidate shall have knowledge about how satellites positions objects on and above surface of the Earth, as well as in space, knowledge of methods and techniques for determination of Earth’s size and shape and its deformation and change in time using positioning satellites, Knowledge of global positioning satellites applications in for example Construction and building industry, Transport systems, Navigation, and Oceanography. Skills: After completing the course, the candidate shall be able to perform coordinate computations using scientific software including correction terms, be able to calculate other parameters from GPS time series like Earth’s deformation and change parameters, including analysis and interpretation of the results, be able to use the calculated coordinates within other disciplines like Transport, Building industry, and Oceanography. General competence: After completing the course the candidate shall have obtained ability to work independently and in a team towards relevant research front in Global positioning and navigation systems, ability to identify the global positioning satellite data interface and relation with other related disciplines, ability to understand the international perspective of satellite positioning and navigation and be able to cooperate internationally.

Learning methods and activities

The course will be given as conducted self-tuition, with one project which should be approved before exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Master in geomatics. TBA4565 Geomatics, specialization course TBA4245 GPS and Geodesy or equivalent.

Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Hofmann-Wellenhof et al. (2001) GPS, Theory and Practice.Nahavandchi (2002) GPS.Kaplan (1996) Understranding GPS.Leick (2003) GPS satellite surveying.Recent Articles.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
  • Geodesy
  • Map subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 E 2023-12-15 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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