Not currently available in 2020

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

Remote sensing of the environment - an overview

Electromagnetic radiation principles

Elements of visual image interpretation 

Multispectral remote sensing systems 

Active and LIDAR remote sensing

Discipline specific remote sensing (vegetation, water, soils or urban landscape)

Image classification

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the principles of remote sensingKnowledge of a discipline
2process remotely sensed dataKnowledge of a discipline
3combine remotely sensed data with GIS dataKnowledge of a discipline
4apply image processing and GIS skills in environmental management.Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of remote sensing
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. process remotely sensed data
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. combine remotely sensed data with GIS data
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply image processing and GIS skills in environmental management.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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