As you go through this and your related courses, you’ll see a lot as it relates to the fundamental concepts of geodetic networks and their application. This project is about the application of those fundamentals in different important areas of geomatics engineering.

It is about you gaining an understanding about the broader and context in which geodetic networks are applied.

The class will be asked to get into three teams of your choosing to prepare a set of study guides / notes in each of the following areas. I will also provide you with some source material and “guiding questions”:

  1. Today’s geodetic reference networks
  2. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) networks
  3. Photogrammetric and other networks

Then, each team will share its answers and notes with the rest of the class to help everyone prepare for the upcoming final exam. Think of what you’re building as a study guide for each of these areas.

I’ll give you feedback on how well the “study notes” position you to prepare for those parts of the final exam.

And I will share the three best with the class, i.e. one for each of the above topics.

The three parts are described in the three lessons below.

Deadline

The due dates for this work are outlined on our course page.

Submission requirements

I would like each team to work on and submit its work in the form of a Google Doc that will be shared with me and later with the entire class. To help with your subsequent studying and to make things easily accessible during the final, your document should contain links to key sources and it should be placed in a Google Drive folder that contains any other related documents and that can also be shared with the class.

Required steps:

  1. Pick your team (I will offer guidance on this)
  2. Pick your team’s topic from the three given below (I will offer guidance here too in order to ensure good coverage)
  3. Create a Google Drive folder containing the Google Doc you will be collaborating on to answer this question
  4. Let me know the gmail addresses being used by the people on your team
  5. Share with me the Google Drive folder and Google Doc to my gmail address (that I will share with you via D2L), and give me the rights needed to share it with the others in the class (since these are intended to be study notes for everyone in the room)
  6. Complete your work by the deadline and send me an email me to let me know it’s done

Assessment

You will be assessed and the members of each team will receive a mark in one of the following categories:

  • Exceeds expectations (85-100%): your answers and study notes constitute an excellent learning resource from which someone who took the rest of this class could learn what’s been deemed important
  • Meets expectations (70-85%): your answers and study notes provide a good reference for studying, i.e. someone using them to prepare for a final exam could learn the material and do well with a little additional research of their own
  • Needs improvement (50-85%): you’ve answered things and provided study notes but there would be a lot of work for someone new to the material
  • Fail (0-50%): your answers and study notes provide are missing, incomplete, or insufficient

Every person on each team will receive the same mark, although we will also discuss how engagement and individual levels of contribution will weigh into the evaluation, i.e. how we will handle those who do not contribute fairly to the process of creating these study guides.