Unit description

Examines the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to manage earth resources. Students will focus on the principles, sensor characteristics, extraction of information from remotely sensed data and applications of remote sensing with relevance to GIS applications. Students will develop practical spatial data analysis skills in the laboratory.

Unit content

  1. Remote sensing of the environment - an overview
  2. Electromagnetic radiation principles
  3. Elements of visual image interpretation 
  4. Multispectral remote sensing systems 
  5. Active and LIDAR remote sensing
  6. Discipline specific remote sensing (vegetation, water, soils or urban landscape)
  7. Image classification
  8. Integration of remotely sensed data and geographic information systems

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

Study Period 5

  • Jensen, J R, 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 (intensive)

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (4 weeks)
Structured online learning 4 hours (4 weeks)
Residential session 5 days (once)
Exam: oral10%
Practical skills20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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