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ELEC3224 Guidance, Navigation and Control

Module Overview

This module will be first offered in the 2019/20 academic year. This module will provide a basic grounding in navigation guidance and control with particular aspects on the processing of the signals involved and overall system integration.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims at providing a basic understanding of navigation guidance and control, with special attention to the signal processing aspect and overall system integration.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Fundamentals of the various guidance techniques and their properties.
  • Position and attitude estimation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • System design and validation.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examples of current and planned implementations and applications.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Overall system integration.


- System description and model building. - Model validation. - Sensing and actuating systems and their relative strengths and limitations. - Fundamentals of classical guidance algorithms, e.g., proportional navigation and command to line of sight. - Estimation of position and attitude. - Introductions to autonomy. - Guidance and navigation for autonomous systems.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and tutorials.

Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Wider reading or practice54
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task2
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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