GIS and Remote Sensing

Description

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and the application of these techniques to the environmental and life sciences. The first part of the course focuses on GIS, where the structure and format of GIS data, data input and transformation, database compilation, and the use of search criteria and spatial modelling to carry out suitability mapping are examined. In remote sensing, the focus is the capture and processing of satellite images, and how data from various satellite platforms are used in the environmental and life sciences. The course is strongly computer-based, and students will gain experience in the use of Mapinfo (GIS) and IDRISI (remote sensing) software.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the principles of remote sensing and digital image processing;

2. Understand the principles of geographic information systems (GIS);

3. Gain experience in the applications of remote sensing and GIS to solving problems in the environmental and life sciences;

4. Gain experience in the use of image processing and GIS software.

Content

  1. Principles of aerial photography and satellite remote sensing
  2. Sensor types and platforms
  3. Digital image processing
  4. Remote sensing applications in the environmental and life sciences
  5. Principles of GIS
  6. Data input, processing and manipulation
  7. Search and querying and spatial modelling
  8. Application of GIS to the environmental and life sciences

Assumed Knowledge

INFO1010 AND GEOS1040 or GEOS1050 or ENVS1050. Students taking this course must also be reasonably experienced using computers and know how to use Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), understand file paths and folder structures, know how to save and back up work.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises and written assessments

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a minimum mark of 40% in final examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term