GPS: Principles and Applications

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Course No: ETEC.4220-001; SIS Class Nbr: 1916; SIS Term: 2840
Course Status: Open

Course Description

This course provides an introduction into how GPS works and the variety of applications for GPS. The general methodology of satellite navigation is described. Then there is an overview of the GPS system including the space segment and the control segment in addition to the GPS receivers themselves. The signal characteristics are presented. Satellite orbital mechanics and various earth coordinate systems are described. GPS receiver operations are then discussed focusing on signal acquisition and tracking. The impact of interference is considered. The performance of stand-alone GPS is described. Next, the techniques of differential GPS are presented. Finally, the integration of GPS with other navigation systems such as inertial systems in considered. Applications are discussed throughout the course.

Prerequisites, Notes & Instructor

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  • Core Codes: STEM
  • Credits: 3; Contact Hours: 3
  • Instructor: Albert Paradis
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When Offered & Tuition

  • T/Th , 6:30 PM-9:20 PM
  • Summer 2019: May 20 to Aug 11
  • Course Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $1020
  • Note: There is a $30 per semester, nonrefundable registration fee for credit courses.

Friday Class Meetings for On Campus / Face-to-Face Courses

  • Summer I Mon/Wed Evening Courses: Meet May 20-July 1 and include 3 FRIDAYS: May 24, June 7 and June 21 at the regularly scheduled hours.
  • Summer I Tues/Thurs Evening Courses: Meet May 21-July 1 include 2 FRIDAYS: May 31 and June 14 at the regularly scheduled hours.
  • Summer II Mon/Wed Evening Courses: Meet July 8 to Aug 15 include 2 FRIDAYS: July 12, July 26 at the regularly scheduled hours.
  • Summer II Tues/Thurs Evening Courses: Meet July 9 to Aug 15 include 2 FRIDAYS: July 19 and August 12 at the regularly scheduled hours.

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