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Description and objectives

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

In the context of this course, the project is about you gaining an understanding about the broader context in which geodetic networks are applied.

The class will be asked to get into three teams to prepare a detailed set of study guides / notes in each of the following areas:

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

In the lessons linked below, I will provide you with some source material from some leading professors and others, and you can review the guiding questions linked in the lessons below.

You can think of your task as collaborating to create a Wikipedia-style document – something developed by a group of people over time for use as a reference by a broader group of people.

Then, each team’s document will be shared with the rest of the class to help everyone prepare for the upcoming final quiz. In this way, you can think of what you’re building as a study guide for each of these areas.

When we meet after they’ve been submitted I’ll give you further guidance on how the “study notes” position you to prepare for those parts of the final quiz.

The three parts are described in the three lessons below.


The due date for this work is outlined on our course schedule.


There will be three teams; one per topic. I will select teams and confirm by email and on D2L.

Submission requirements

I would like each team to work on and submit its work in a collaborative way to produce a single document that will later be shared with the entire class. We will discuss the technologies for this when we meet and I will share links via D2L, but you can expect to collaborate on a Word document within the university’s OneDrive.

To help with your subsequent studying and to make things easily accessible during the final, your document should contain links to key sources .

Required steps

  1. Look on D2L to confirm which team you are on and find the link I will share with you to your team’s collaborative document
  2. Confirm which topic your team has been tasked to address
  3. Look at the related guidance for your topic found in the lessons below
  4. Locate and review the sources I provide (as linked from the guidance of via the Content section of D2L)
  5. Collaborate to complete your work by the deadline
  6. Wait for my feedback and use the three documents as a guide to prepare for the quiz


We will discuss this in more detail when we meet, but 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 team’s answers and study notes constitute an excellent learning resource from which someone taking this course could learn what’s deemed important. The content does an excellent job of responding to the questions posed in the guidance. Sources are well chosen to provide additional information where needed, and clearly and appropriately referenced. It is made clear that everyone on the team has made a strong contribution, ranging from research, to authorship, to editing, to the creation of additional content that goes beyond the guidance provided.
  • Meets expectations (70-85%): Your team’s answers and study notes provide a good reference for studying, i.e. someone using them to prepare for a quiz could learn the related material and do well with only a little additional research of their own. The content addresses the questions posed in the guidance. Sources are clearly and appropriately referenced. It is made clear that everyone on your team has made a reasonable contribution to the work.
  • 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 in order to use them to prepare.
  • 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.