GPS/GNSS Course by Coursera in Partnership  with Stanford University

GPS/GNSS Course by Coursera in Partnership  with Stanford University

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The course “GPS: An Introduction to Satellite Navigation, with an interactive Worldwide Laboratory using Smartphones” is offered in partnership with Stanford University.

The course will help you to explore the fundamentals of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and how it works by conducting “backyard” laboratory experiments on your own mobile device. Learn the basics of satellite navigation and witness the power of a network with planet-wide coverage. Gain a deeper understanding of GPS and its role in our lives, while interacting with a worldwide community of learners and backyard scientists.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of how GPS works and introduce you to the diverse range of uses of satellite navigation—in all aspects of our lives.

Through vivid online lectures and a set of “backyard experiments” enabled by the widespread availability of GPS-enabled smart phones and tablets, students will be able to connect online learning to real-­world experience. Even those who do not own laptop or desktop computers can take part; they will be able to view lectures and completing labs via mobile device only.

Course Format:

Each week, we will release a number of online lessons, called a module. The module will be accompanied by a set of short quiz exercises. On certain weeks, we will also release a GPS laboratory to be conducted outside. Using your own smart phone or tablet, you will collect data and then contribute it back to our class community.

Course Syllabus:

The syllabus of above  course is consist of two parts which was further divided into several module. The following is course structure:

1. Part I. Fundamentals of GPS Introduction


  • Module 1: How GPS Works
  • Module 2: Pseudoranges
  • Module 3: Orbits and Signals

2. Part II. Modern GPS receivers: cell phones, tablets and more!

  • Module 4: Receiver Design Basics
  • Module 5: Assisted GPS
  • Module 6: The Future of GPS and Satellite Navigation

Who can Join:

As this course will involve some mathematics and equations, we strongly recommend an undergraduate education in a technical discipline (engineering, mathematics or physics).


  • Per Enge, Stanford University
  • Frank van Diggelen, Stanford University

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