GEO9530 – Geodesy and Photogrametry

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Map Projections, digital photogrammetry and GNSS (GPS, Glonass, Galileo…). Overviews of the fundamentals of map projections, GNSS measurement and processing and of the use of airborne (both by plane and drone) and ground-based photogrammetry for geophysical use.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, candidates

  • Know different map projections and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Know how to use conversion and transformations between different coordinate systems.
  • Are able to plan and carry out a simple geodetic or photogrammetric survey
  • Are able to operate GNSS equipment and software.
  • Know about photogrammetric hardware, including cameras aboard drones and planes.
  • Are able to produce DEMs and ortho-images from images via the software MicMac and other software.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Overlapping courses


Lectures and practicals up to 4 hours per week.

4 obligatory assignments are to be handed in, one of these a simple geodetic or photogrammetric survey.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • 4 written obligatory assignments counts for approximately 40% of the final grade.
  • An oral final exam counts for approximately 60% of the final grade.
  • All parts must be passed individually in order to pass the course.

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: GEO4530 – Geodesy and Photogrammetry.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 8:13:40 PM

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