Unit aim

Examines remote sensing and GIS as tools used by earth scientists to study the spatial associations, spatial extent of earth surface features and provide necessary information to decision makers to manage earth resources. Students will primarily concentrate on the principles, sensor characteristics, extraction of information from remotely sensed data and applications of remote sensing with some relevance to GIS and will experience 'hands-on' training in computer processing of digital data. 

Unit content

1. Remote Sensing of the Environment, Electromagnetic Radiation Principles, History of Aerial Photography and Aerial Platforms 
2. Aerial Photography - Vantage Point, Cameras, Filters, and Film 
3. Elements of Visual Image Interpretation 
4. Photogrammetry 
5. Multispectral Remote Sensing Systems 
6. Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing 
7. Active and Passive Microwave Remote Sensing
8. LIDAR Remote Sensing (new) 
9. Remote Sensing of Vegetation, water, urban landscape, soils, minerals, and geomorphology
10. (Optional - if time) In situ Spectral Reflectance Measurement

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Jensen, JR, 2013, Remote Sensing of the Environment: Pearson New International Edition: An Earth Resource Perspective (2e), 2nd edn, Pearson Higher Ed, USA. ISBN: 9781292021706.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (4 weeks)
Structured online learning (4 weeks)
Residential session 36 hours (1 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz30%
Practical skillsSR
Presentation20%
Project30%

Online

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (4 weeks)
Structured online learning (4 weeks)
Residential session 36 hours (1 week)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Quiz10%
Quiz30%
Practical skillsSR
Presentation20%
Project30%
Notice

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