GEO4460 – Surveying, Photogrammetry and Spatial Analysis
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course will convey the theory of map projections and coordinate systems, as well as the theoretical basis for data capture within surveying (GPS etc.) and photogrammetry (aerial photography analysis). Emphasis is put on practical exercises within these topics. The course also provides a specialization in spatial analysis of geographic information, focusing on analysis of geoscientific processes. Emphasis is placed on interpolation, geostatistics and generation / analysis of digital elevation models (DEMs).
After taking this course, you will:
- Have gained an insight into positioning geographical data, both in theory (methods and mathematical basis) and by practical application.
- Know the principles for interpolation and geostatistics.
- Understand the principles behind multi-criteria analysis and be able to apply them.
- Be able to carry out simple surveying tasks with the aid of advanced GPS equipment, and also have an understanding of map projections.
- Be able to carry out simple data acquisition using digital photogrammetry based on aerial photographs and present the findings in a project report.
Admission to the course
The courses GEO3460 and GEO4460 have a joint admission with a joint capacity of 20 students. If there are more than 20 applicants, priority will be given as follows:
- Master students in Geosciences (master's two years), programme options: • Geohazards and Geomechanics • Geomorphology and Geomatics • Sedimentology, Paleontology and Stratigraphy, in which the course is required or recommended. Bachelor students (not in order of priority) in the following programmes: • Geofag: geologi, geofysikk og geografi (bachelor) (continued) • Geofysikk og klima (bachelor) • Geologi og geografi (bachelor), in which the course is required.
- Other bachelor- and master students in Geosciences.
- Exchange students on bachelor og master level and other bachelor and master level students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO.
- Single course students at bachelor and master level.
Applicants will be ranked by credits within each group depending on whether they are at bachelor's or master's level. Admission will be decided by drawing lots for applicants who are ranked equally.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO3460 – Surveying, Photogrammetry and Spatial Analysis.
- 10 credits overlap with GEG2250 – Introduction in surveying, photogrammetry and spatial analysis (continued).
- 5 credits overlap with GEG2230 – Spatial analyses of geographical information (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with GEG2210 – Data Collection - Land Surveying and Digital Photogrammetry (discontinued).
Up to 6 hours of lectures and up to 4 hours of practicals per week. Day visits from businesses/public institutions. There will be weekly exercises, and reports from 4 of these will be awarded a pass/fail. Two compulsory assignments (of these a project report) counts towards the final grade.
A 3-4 day compulsory field course will be at the end of the semester. Work from this field course is used in one of the compulsory assignments that count towards the final grade.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (email@example.com).
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
- Up to 4 written assignments have to be approved before you can sit the end of course written examination.
- Two compulsory written assignments, inclusive the project report, count together for approximately 40%.
- Final written examination (3 hours) counts for approximately 60%.
- The final grade is awarded from a total evaluation of all the parts of the examination.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- GEO3460 – Surveying, Photogrammetry and Spatial Analysis
- GEG2250 – Introduction in surveying, photogrammetry and spatial analysis (continued)
Examination support material
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.