TTT4150 - Navigation Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course gives the fundamental framework and applications of modern global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and inertial navigation systems (INS). The course gives an overview of satellite based radio navigation systems such as: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and BEIDOU, the basics of receiver design, wave propagation in the atmosphere, the geodetic fundamentals of navigation og positioning, reference- and coordinate systems and computational methods for navigation and positioning on the surface of the Earth. This course is designed for MTELSYS / MSELSYS (Electronics), but can also be joined by other students with special interest in navigation and positioning, e.g students of Communication Technology, Technical Cybernetics, Marine Technology and Geomatics.

Learning outcome

The course will introduce the students to principles and requirements in electronics, signal processing, wave propagation and system technology that are fundamental to the design and use of modern navigation systems.


1. The candidate has knowledge of geodetic reference systems, navigation calculations, coordinate transformations and map projections.

2. The candidate has detailed knowledge of the concepts of satellite based radionavigation systems.

3. The candidate has detailed knowledge of the concepts of inertial navigation systems.

4. The candidate has knowledge of estimation techniques (e.g. Kalman filter) for integration of various navigation sensors in an optimal navigation system.


The candidate can analyze navigation calculations with corresponding error propagation, error detection, integrity monitoring and quality control.

The candidate can combine knowledge in mathematics, statistics and programming in order to solve fundamental navigation equations with satellite- and inertial navigation systems.


The candidate can use computer tools (e.g. MATLAB/Python) to implement basic algorithms to integrate satellite- and inertial navigation systems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. The course can be held in English if international students attend.

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Kaplan, E.D., Hegarthy C.J.: Understanding GPS/GNSS, Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition (ISBN: 978-1630810580). Journal articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE2050 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 24
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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