Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will be given a brief history of photography and photogrammetry, and will apply basic mathematics of optics to understand perspective geometry as it relates to photogrammetry. The course enables students to develop an understanding of single imagery photogrammetry, stereophotogrammetry and structure from motion concepts through the application perspective geometry, using various processing software applications, and current digital image processing algorithms. They will be exposed to modern digital cameras, airborne drones, and the technology associated with modern aerial and satellite imaging systems. Students will also be introduced to laser scanning methodologies and applications. After completion of this course, students will be able to plan photogrammetric projects, capture and process images and deliver basic photogrammetric products.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Implement a range of photogrammetric measurement techniques.

2. Apply the theory of photogrammetry to a range of measurement problems.

3. Determine the precision that can be achieved by a variety of photogrammetry techniques.

4. Demonstrate how to use various photogrammetry software.

5. Reduce raw observational data from images to a usable form.

6. Analyse the results obtained and portray them in a cogent manner.


  • Brief history of photography and photogrammetry
  • Basic optics
  • Geometry of a single image
  • Characteristics of vertical imagery
  • Stereophotogrammetry
  • Orientation and transformations
  • Camera and lens calibrations
  • Mapping from aerial photographs
  • Close range photogrammetry
  • Introduction to laser scanning

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in courses:

SURV1200 Introduction to Surveying, SURV2210 Engineering Surveying, SURV2220 Surveying Methods and Equipment, SURV2230 Surveying Techniques and Computations, SURV3350 Analysis of Observations.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Single Photograph

Written Assignment: Stereophotogrammetry

Written Assignment: Close Range Photogrammetry

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Note: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the lecture sessions.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.