Fundamentals of Applied Global Positioning Systems

GOG 479/579, Spring 2016

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About the Course: Fundamentals of Applied GPS explores the concepts of location, position finding, and navigation through the use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). It will focus on NAVSTAR (or more familiarly, GPS), the system established and maintained by the United States. It will provide students with an understanding of the underlying theories behind all such systems, as well as the underpinnings of celestial navigation and ground-based electronic navigation systems. The course will emphasize practical experience with GPS through numerous field exercises and lab work.


AS B03


Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:15 to 2:35

Class No.

10034 (479), 10036 (579)


James Mower


Arts and Sciences 221

Office hours:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-12




My home page:


There is no text requirement for this course. We will be using the class course notes.


Be prepared to purchase AA batteries frequently to keep the GPS units powered. It’s also a very good idea to bring a USB 2.0 compatible flash drive to class each day for all kinds of stuff.


You will be graded on your performance on the midterm, the final, and lab/field exercises. The midterm will count for 20% of your grade, the final will count 40%, and the labs will count 40%. All lab projects must be submitted by the due date (on the course schedule web page) for credit.

Final Exam:

Monday, May 9th, 10:30am – 12:30pm