Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


To understand the principles of geodetic measurements of distance, height, angle and gravity. To understand the basic principles of satellite positioning. To understand the principles and importance of reference systems. To learn to measure survey and geodetic base networks and to prepare documents related to them. To become aware of the geodetic research topics and applications done on the Earth and in space.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 15.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maaria Nordman

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maaria Nordman

Contact information for the course (valid 14.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher Maaria Nordman,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course prepares for planning or executing simple geodetic measurements and computations in the form of base and mapping surveys. Of measuring equipment, total station (tacheometer), level and satellite receiver both in static and real-time kinematic mode are discussed. Reference systems, map projections and height systems basics are discussed. The basics of both space geodesy and navigation are covered.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    There are 10 lectures, 5 excercise sessions, one excursion and an exam.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exam and exercises

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Exam: maximum points 15, 50% to pass

    Assingments: 5 x 3 points, 1 point/assignment to pass

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures (24 h), assignments (52 h), self-study (40 h), preparation for examination + examination (19 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Partly here:

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Chapters 1-6, 8, 12-13, 17-18 for the exam, additional material on the course pages

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Maa-6.1213 Johdanto geodesiaan and Maa-6.1214 Moderni geodesia

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land



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