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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Anti-requisites

GLY00219 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand remote sensing, processing and some advanced GIS concepts
2 have developed skills in processing a variety of remotely sensed data
3 have developed skills in combining remotely sensed data with GIS data layers
4 have become familiar with the hardware, software and data used in GIS and remote sensing

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

  1. understand remote sensing, processing and some advanced GIS concepts
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  2. have developed skills in processing a variety of remotely sensed data
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  3. have developed skills in combining remotely sensed data with GIS data layers
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  4. have become familiar with the hardware, software and data used in GIS and remote sensing
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Prescribed texts

  • 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 teaching periods.