Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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 be able to compute basic coordinate transformations and simple adjusment computation. To become aware of the geodetic research topics and applications done on the Earth and in space.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.09.2023 - 12.10.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course gives students a basic understanding of geodesy and geodetic techniques both on land and in space, concentrating more on the surveying type of measurements with total station (tacheometer), levelling and satellite positioning. Reference systems, map projections and height system basics are introduced and discussed. The basics of both space geodesy and navigation are covered.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exam and exercises

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

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