GEOG 862
GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals

Welcome to GEOG 862 - GPS and GNSS for Geospatial Professionals


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Quick Facts about GEOG 862

  • Instructor: Jan Van Sickle
  • Course Structure: Online, 10-12 hours a week for 10 weeks
  • Overview: GEOG 862 is an elective course for Penn State's Online Master of GIS. This course cultivates a working knowledge of current and future capabilities of GPS and the emerging Global Navigation Satellite System. Prerequisites - GEOG 484 or equivalent experience

GEOG 862 is divided into ten lessons of study, listed below.

  • Lesson 1: The GPS Signal
  • Lesson 2: Biases and Solutions
  • Lesson 3: The Framework
  • Lesson 4: Receivers and Methods
  • Lesson 5: Geodetic Datums
  • Lesson 6: State Plane Coordinates and Heights
  • Lesson 7: Static Global Positioning System Surveying
  • Lesson 8: Real-Time Global Positioning System Surveying
  • Lesson 9: GPS Modernization
  • Lesson 10: Global Navigation Satellite Systems and the Future


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