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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand remote sensing, processing and some advanced GIS concepts Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
2 have developed skills in processing a variety of remotely sensed data Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
3 have developed skills in combining remotely sensed data with GIS data layers Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
4 have become familiar with the hardware, software and data used in GIS and remote sensing Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills

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

  1. understand remote sensing, processing and some advanced GIS concepts
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. have developed skills in processing a variety of remotely sensed data
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. have developed skills in combining remotely sensed data with GIS data layers
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. have become familiar with the hardware, software and data used in GIS and remote sensing
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

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 study periods.