Course description

This course will start with an overview of GPS, history of GPS and GPS Applications. With an emphasis on the principles of GPS and how it works, you will learn about the GPS satellites and the information and signals they transmit, types of receivers and the fundamentals of how they work, and what GPS can be used for. Topics covered include accuracy and positioning, the types of errors associated with using GPS, absolute and differential techniques, different types of signals, considerations when collecting data using GPS, and how to undertake mission planning. An introduction to other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) is provided. GPS modernization, augmented GPS, and future trends are also discussed. The use of a GPS receiver is NOT required for this course.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: INFO1820
Corequisites: None

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Fall 2022 registration opens July 25, 2022. Winter 2023 registration opens November 28, 2022.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery