REMOTE SENSING AND GIS

ENV2REM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers how remotely sensed data is collected, processed and interpreted, focussing on satellite images but also mentioning other data types. In addition, the basic theory and applications of GIS (geographical information systems) and GPS (global positioning systems) are discussed, in particular how spatial data, including processed satellite images, can be plotted as maps. The practical component of the subject introduces three computer programs that are commonly used for remote sensing and GIS, and demonstrates how these programs can be used in a wide variety of applications.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to geospatial technologies. 3rd editionRecommendedShellito, B.A., 2016W.H. Freeman
ReadingsRemote Sensing and image interpretation. 6th EditionRecommendedLillesand, T.M., Keifer, R.W. and Chipman, J.W. 2008JOHN WILEY AND SONS
ReadingsGeographic Information Systems, an introduction. 2nd edition.RecommendedDelaney, J. and Van Niel, K., 2007Oxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the principles and techniques of remote sensing, including satellite imagery

Activities:
Introduction of techniques and concepts in lectures and explanations in the laboratory/practical sessions. End-of-semester examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Describe the basic theory and applications of GIS (geographical information systems) and GPS (global positioning systems)

Activities:
Introduction of techniques and concepts in lectures and explanations in the practical sessions. End-of-semester examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Apply three computer programs (Global Mapper, ENVI and ARC GIS) to process remotely sensed images and plot GIS data

Activities:
Online tutorials and explanation in the practical sessions. Demonstrator assistance available during practical sessions. Multiple practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Apply hand-held GPS units to obtain and manipulate location data.

Activities:
Online tutorials and explanation in the practical sessions. Demonstrator assistance available during practical sessions. Multiple practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Apply remote sensing/GIS computer programs to solve complex constructed and real-world problems

Activities:
Online tutorials and explanation in the practical sessions. Demonstrator assistance available during practical sessions. Multiple practical reports give students opportunity to receive feedback and improve the quality of their work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Analyse remote sensing data, integrate the results with those from other team members, and prepare a written report using appropriate organisation and coherent explanations supported by evidence in grammatically correct prose.

Activities:
Reinforcement of techniques and concepts provided in lectures and practicals with work required for group report. Demonstrator assistance available and guidelines for report given to students.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 37
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 37 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment (equiv to 500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
8 Prac Reports (equiv to 1500 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2-hour end-of-semester examination40 01, 02, 05