Detailed Course Structure

YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE


GM 141 Basic French I (1, 1, 1)

Establish one’s identity: Greetings and polite expression, introducing oneself and other. The Francophone World: The place of French in the world; Francophone countries and La Francophone. Time and Weather: Days of the week, months of the year; telling the time of the clock. Telling the weather, weather forecast. The Family/Professions: Members of the family, one’s place in the family; professions/trades of parents. Health and Sport; Parts of the body stating where one is suffering from; common diseases and medications; Heath facilities.

 

GM 151 Applied Electricity (2, 2, 3)

DC circuits and machines. Electrostatics. AC circuits: Single-phase circuits and theory, three-phase theory, Measuring instruments, Magnetic instruments, magnetic circuits, transformers, induction and synchronous machines

 

GM 153 Linear Algebra and Trigonometry (2, 2, 3)

Complex numbers: De Moivre’s theorem and its application to (i) summation of series, (ii) expansion of Sinnq and Cosnq in double angles, (iii) expansion of Sinnq and Cosnq in terms of Sinnq and Cosnq. Vector algebra and its applications. Introduction to matrix algebra and Spherical trigonometry

 

GM 155 Technical Drawing I (2, 2, 3)

Lettering with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines. Angles. Regular polygons and general loci. Descriptive Geometry. First and third angle orthogonal projections. Dimensioning, limits, fits and tolerance.

 

GM 157 Communication Skills I (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to communication: methods and systems of communication. Pre-writing skills: developing listening skills, note-taking and note-making, developing reading skills, developing writing skills (I): Sentence level (the sentence as an ordered string of words, the simple sentence, basic sentence patterns, common grammatical errors). Coordination and parallelism. Ambiguity and Conventions of usage.

 

GM 159 Introduction to Computing (1, 2, 2)

Introduction to PCs. Windows Operating System, Internet usage, Word Processing, using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA).

 

GM 161 Physical and Structural Geology (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Geology and its branches. Internal structure of the earth. Continental margins: shelf, slope, rise. Plate tectonics. Earthquakes. Surface geomorphology. Principles of stratigraphy: fossils, geological time scale, radiometric methods of age determination. Brief treatment of the formation, classification, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Mechanical properties of primary and secondary structural features and Introduction to maps.

 

GM 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Review of vectors. Review of trigonometry. Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Forces and moments. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Structural analysis. Friction. Simple machines. Basic dynamics of Particles. Basic dynamics of rigid bodies and Simple harmonic motion.

 

GM 171 Introduction to Geomatics (2, 1, 2)

Definition and concept of Geomatics. Highlights of disciplines of Geomatics. History of surveying. Classification of surveying. Chain and compass surveying. Detailed surveying, Levelling and uses of levelling. Quality control and assurance.

 


YEAR ONE SEMESTER TWO


GM 142 Basic French II (1, 1, 1)

Movement and Travel: Using adverbs of place to locate places; asking one’s way around, giving   direction to places. Transportation: means and types of transport; local and foreign travel, identifying travel schedules. Problems of transportation. Making Purchases/shopping: Saying what one wants to buy; asking the price of items, bargaining and mode of payment. Life in the University: Identifying places on campus. Academic activities; administrative activities. Culinary Art /French cuisine: Art of cooking; kitchen/cooking utensils. Types of meals in a day

 

GM 150 Calculus (2, 1, 2)

Differentiation of Algebraic and Circular Functions, Definitions, Partial Differentiation, Logarithmic Differentiation, Parametric Differentiation, Integration.

 

GM 156 Engineering Drawing (2, 2, 3)

Sectional views and standard conventions of sectional views, Curves of intersection of various planes and solids, Development of various solids like cylinders and spheres and Assembly drawing from both exploded view and working drawing views. Introduction to computer aided design software (eg AutoCAD).

 

GM 158 Communication Skills II (2, 1, 2)

Developing writing skills (II): Paragraph level (the controlling idea, the topic sentence, supporting sentences and developing the paragraph, transitional devices.) Developing writing skills (III): The whole essay (forms of discourse, inductive and deductive reasoning.) Developing writing skills (IV): Style (registers, diction, spelling and punctuation, editing).

 

GM 162 Applied Electronics (2, 1, 2)

Physical principles of semiconductor devices. Transistors: feedback theorem, operational amplifiers. Integrated circuit form of operational amplifiers. Feedback and stability. Active filters. Thyristors. Applications of basic electronics.

 

GM 170 Survey Measurement (2, 1, 2)

Electronic distance measurement. T-t correction. Precise Levels-geodetic levelling. Trigonometric levelling. Barometric levelling and Resection, Intersection and Satellite station surveys, Gyroscope. Quality control and assurance.

 

GM 172 Applied Optics (2, 1, 2)

Review of essential optics: Application in surveying and photogrammetric equipment, Physics of the human eye and photographic camera, Binocular vision and depth perception, Physical optics: wave motion, diffraction, polarisaiton, spectroscopy, the electromagnetic spectrum and Principles of the electromagnetic distance measurement.

 

GM 174 Solid Geometry (2, 1, 2)

Distance between two points in space. The angle a line makes with a horizontal plane. Geometry of the sphere. The spherical triangle. The cosine and sine formulae for spherical trigonometry.

 


YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONE


MN 251 Literature in English I (1, 1, 1)

Introduction to literary terms and devices. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples). Literature as a form of entertainment. African Writers Series.

 

MN 255 Mathematical Methods (2, 1, 2)

Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Functions of Several Variables, Gamma and Beta Functions.

 

GM 259 Geology of Ghana (2, 1, 2)

Stratigraphic Succession of Rocks in Ghana, Treatment of Individual Systems/Series/Formation and their Associated Economic Mineral Deposits, Basic Map Work.

 

GM 261 Introduction to Mining (2, 0, 2)

Basic introduction to underground and surface mining technologies. Description of various operations in underground and surface mining: drilling, blasting, mucking, supporting, stoping, ventilation, benching, stripping, reclamation etc., including technology and equipment. Impact of mining on the environment.

 

GM 271 Global Navigation Satellite Systems (2, 4, 3)

Introduction to Space-based positioning Systems (such as GPS and GLONASS). An overview of the theory and applications of satellite surveying Satellite orbital motion. GNSS concepts and characteristics. GNSS segments Signal structure, Receivers and antenna. GNSS measurement, GNSS time, error sources and measurement accuracy, mission planning. Position determination techniques. Reference datum and datum transformation. Quality control and assurance.

 

GM 273 Mine Surveying (2, 1, 2)

Correlation of surface and underground surveys. Underground traversing. Stope surveying. Transfer of controls underground: Weisbach triangle method, Weiss quadrilateral method, gyro-theodolite method. Transfer of height underground. Directional control for drives raises and inclines. Survey of diamond drill bore holes. Application of photogrammetry in underground surveying. Quality control and assurance.

 

GM 275 Principles of Photogrammetry (2, 1, 2)

Photogrammetry and its applications. Types of aerial photographs and their geometry. Binocular vision and stereoscopy. Principles and use of the parallax bar and equations; Measurement on aerial photographs. Perspective projection. Optics for photogrammetry. Geometry of vertical photographs. Inner orientation. Stereoscopic viewing. Flight planning. Photo-interpretation. Quality control and assurance.

 

GM 285 Engineering Surveying (2, 4 ,3)

Control network for engineering projects. Setting out of engineering works- controlling verticality; setting-out invents levels. Longitudinal and cross sections; areas and volume of earthworks. Mass haul diagrams, bulking and shrinkage factor (s) correction of volumes. Road surveys: Horizontal and vertical curves types. Curve designs parameters and setting-out data. Deformation monitoring, Digital Terrain Modelling and applications in highway design.

 


YEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO


GM 351 Computer Programming (1, 2, 2)

Elements of programming. Data description statements. Control structures. Data-processing statements. Input and output (I/O) statements. Procedure for developing a computer program and writing algorithms. Building a visual basic application. Steps in developing application. Visual basic data types. Visual basic decisions. Conditions and loops. Visual basic arithmetic operators. Visual basic programming applications in Geomatics. Any modern Language may be used.

 

GM 353 Soil and Rock Mechanics (2, 1, 2)

Introduction. Scope of soil mechanics. Classification and identification properties of soils. Phase relationships. Effective stress principle. Permeability of soils. Consolidation and settlement. Shear strength of soils. Bearing capacity of soils. Compaction of soils site investigation. Practical. Scope of rock mechanics. Physical and mechanical properties of rocks. Rock mass structure. Stereographic projection in Rock mechanics. Rock mass classification. Room and pillar design. Excavation support systems. Rock slope stability. Practical.

 

GM 361 Probability and Statistics (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. Principles of Probability. Random Variables and Distribution. Special Distribution. Testing of Hypothesis and Significance. Mathematical Expectation.

 

 

 

GM 365 Environmental Management (2, 2, 3)

Mine atmosphere. Air parameters. Mine gases. Mine dust. Atmospheric air. Heat in mines. Mine climate. Thermal stress environment. Thermal indices. Mines fires. Water quality and water pollution. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Use of instruments for measuring air, gases, dust and thermal index

 

GM 373 Principles of Geodesy (2, 1, 2)

Geodetic reference systems and surfaces. Ellipsoidal geometry and co-ordinate systems. Ellipsoidal corrections. Position computations on the ellipsoid. Terrestrial co-ordinate system and Map projections used in Ghana, Gravity field of the earth.

 

GM 375 Field Astronomy (1, 5, 2)

The celestial sphere. Co-ordinate systems. Solution of spherical and astronomical triangle. Reduction of star position and the time systems.

 

GM 377 Fleet Management (2, 1, 2)

Fleet and transport management. Objectives of fleet management. Vehicle management and replacement Vehicle selection criteria. Optimizing costs. Vehicle specifications and inventory system. Preventive and corrective maintenance. Workshop management. Manpower efficiency. Safety hazards in fleet and workshop operations. Planning and controlling safety. Transportation and distribution management. Tracking and monitoring vehicles. Selection of the best mode of transport.

 

GM 379 Cadastral Surveying (2, 2, 3)

Functions of the Lands Commission. Functions of the Survey and Mapping Division (SMD) of the Lands Commission. Techniques of cadastral surveying; the cadastre. Survey records, reference system; Technical Instructions for cadastral surveying in Ghana, demarcation of boundaries; layouts, sub-divisions of parcels; maps/ plans for deed and Title Registration and planning purposes; concepts of multi-purpose cadastral system; Land consolidation and resettlement surveys; boundaries at sea.

 


YEAR THREE SEMESTER ONE


GM 350 Mineral Resource Estimation (2, 1, 2)

Mineral resource classification. Classical estimators. Variography. Error estimation. Ordinary Kriging. Introduction of computer applications software such as Datamine in resource estimation.

 

GM 352 Public Relations (2, 0, 2)

Scope and importance of Public Relations (PR):the business of PR, definitions of PR, the publics of PR; PR distinguished from other forms of communication; the five images in PR; the qualities of a good PR officer. Planning PR programmes: the four reasons for planning PR programmes; the six-point planning model; the PR transfer process. The PR department; the size of PR department; the PR consultant and manager. The news media; the created private media; press relations. PR in developing countries. Crisis management PR.

 

GM 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing (0, 4, 1)

Fieldtrips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

 

GM 370 Computer Applications in Geomatic Engineering (1, 4, 2)

Application of appropriate software available (e.g. SURPAC, AutoCAD/Carlsons Software) for Geomatic Engineering.

 

GM 372 Survey Computations and Adjustment II (2, 1, 2)

Method of least squares: The least square criterion, Normal equations and their solutions, Precision, Covariance matrix and the covariance matrix law. Error ellipse analysis.

 

GM 374 Hydrographic Surveying (2, 1, 2)

Vertical control. Bench marks and tide gauges. Horizontal control. Determinations of bed profile by sounding and use time wire screep and Hydrographic surveying equipment.

 

GM 376 Advanced Geodesy (2, 1, 2)

Methods of measurement in Geodesy, Absolute and relative gravity measurements. Gravity anomalies. Deflection of the vertical. Height systems and geodetic datum and transformation. Geodetic Network.

 

GM 380 Survey Camp II (0, 6, 2)

The camp will involve practical surveying work covering some or all aspects of syllabuses covered up to third year first semester.

 

GM 382 Spatial Statistics (2, 1, 2)

Point and interval estimation. Hypothesis testing. Free adjustment revision. Interpolation and extrapolation. Prediction. Filtering collocation.

 


 YEAR FOUR SEMESTER ONE


GM 451 Research Methods and Ethics in Science (2, 0, 2)

Definition and concepts of research. Research process. Research design. Literature review. Sampling. Reliability and validity of data. Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research reporting. Definition of ethics in science. How ethics and values intersect with professionalism. Ethical theory and applications. Standards of ethical conduct in science. Common ethical principles in science. Fraud in science. Whistle blowing. Conflict of interest. Case studies.

 

GM 453 Mineral Project Evaluations (2, 2, 3)

Overview of mineral project evaluation: Distinctive features of the mine investment climate, investment analysis, definition of mineral project evaluation. Time value of money. Estimation of revenue and costs. Mine taxation and allowances. Financial analysis. Investment decision criteria. Cash flow, sensitivity and risk analyses.

 

GM 459 Operations Research (2, 2, 3)

Application of the following operations research techniques in solving relevant problems: Linear and integer programming. Assignment and transportation problems. Decision analysis. Project scheduling methods: CPM, PERT. Simulation techniques. Application of appropriate computer software.

 

GM 461 Principles of Economics (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to microeconomics: Demand and supply. Elasticities. The concept of market structures. Introduction to macroeconomics: Functions of government. Measurement of national output and income. Money and banking. Unemployment and inflation. Interdependence and the gains from trade.

 

GM 463 Mining Geology (2, 0, 2)

Management of surveys. Guides for ore localization. Mineralisation structures in mineral deposit assessment and evaluation. Mapping and sampling techniques. Target drilling and or zone demarcation. Grade control. Trenching, pitting, drilling core-logging, drill hole correlation and Maps and sections: Surface and underground mapping methods.

 

GM 471 Principles of Mine Planning and Design (1, 2, 2)

General mine planning and design principles. Surface mine planning and design. Underground mine planning and design. Siting of facilities.

 

GM 473 Urban Planning (2, 1, 2)

Town and country planning laws: Nature and objectives of physical planning, Land use planning and policies in urban and rural area. Development plans: Structure and implementation, Neighbourhood development and Aesthetic aspects of Town and Country Planning.

 

GM 475 Remote Sensing and GIS Applications (1, 5, 2)

Image enhancement and visualization. Image classification and Interpretation. Spatial data visualization. RS data interpretation for land resource inventory. RS and GIS for land resource change analysis. GIS tools for landscape analysis, GIS and RS for EIA/EIS.

 


YEAR FOUR SEMESTER TWO


GM 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)

Each student will undertake a project in one of the relevant fields of Geomatic Engineering under the supervision of a member of staff of the department. Project work at this level is aimed at gathering, analysing and presenting data in the form of a technical report.

 

 

GM 452 Colloquium/Seminar (1, 1, 1)

Students will be taught the rigor of technical writing and oral/postal presentation. Each student will present a seminar on his/her project work or any scientific topic agreed on with his/her supervisor.

 

GM 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to business entrepreneurship: Definitions and theories of business entrepreneurship. How to identify new business opportunities. Forms of business ownership. Starting a business in Ghana. Writing a business plan. Management of business enterprises: Financial management, Insurance, Taxation. Risks in business. Entrepreneurship as a strategic practice.

 

GM 456 Transportation and Highway Engineering (2, 2,3)

Elements of traffic flow, Traffic engineering studies, Highway capacity analysis and Highway functional classification. Geometric design of highways. Computer applications in geometric design. Intersection design and control: Basic principles of grade-separated intersections. Pavement design: Stresses and strain in pavement maintenance and management: Problem of highway maintenance, Defects in pavements and their causes, Road maintenance activities, Methods for measuring road condition and Pavement management systems.

 

GM 458 Principles of Management (2, 0, 2)

Introduction: Some developments in management thought, functions of managers. Managerial planning and decision-making. Orgnanising: The formal organisational structure, organisational levels and span of management, departmentation, power, authority, responsibility and accountability, Decentralisation and delegation of authority. Staffing or human resource management. The human factor, motivation and leadership. Controlling. Application of the principles of management through case studies.

 

GM 460 Corporate Social Responsibility (2, 0, 2)

The concept of sustainable development. The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Drivers and definitions. Theories to analyse and explain Corporate Social Responsibility. Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana. Compensation, relocation/resettlement and alternative livelihood issues. Case studies

 

GM 472 Ghana Land Law (2, 0, 2)

Concepts of law. Law of real property. Land ownership. Possession alienation and title. The survey Acts 1962, LI 1444. Modes of land acquisition. Transfer and disposition. Lease. Tenancy. Servitude. Mortgage and Lien. Conveyancing. Minerals and Mining Laws. Small Scale Mining Laws. Mining, Safety and Health Regulation. Explosive Regulations. Environmental Laws/Regulations.