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Remote Sensing: Introduction KGG103




Satellite images and aerial photographs are used to observe the earth and its atmosphere. These images are used for mapping and monitoring our natural and human environment. Remote sensing is an exciting field that is constantly changing with regular launches of new satellites carrying state-of-the-art sensors. The resulting images are used in a huge range of fields, such as climate change studies, glaciology, vegetation studies, oceanography, forestry, urban studies and environmental management. This unit introduces you to the basics of remote sensing, starting with the physics of light and its interaction with the atmosphere and Earth surface. We will cover the technical and practical characteristics of a range of satellite and airborne sensors. You will work with satellite images in weekly computer practicals. These sessions will give you skills to display and analyse remotely sensed imagery and extract useful information from these images. This unit provides important scientific and professional skills for students who are interested in geography, environmental science, earth sciences, agricultural science, plant science, computing and information systems, and marine and Antarctic studies. Computer skills will be indispensable for almost all positions in geoscience, and students who have acquired experience in data analysis, digital mapping, remote sensing, GPS and geographical information systems (GIS) will be best prepared to enter the job market. This unit forms part of the GIS and Remote Sensing Major and Minor.


Unit name Remote Sensing: Introduction
Unit code KGG103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Bethany Melville
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain the interaction of electromagnetic energy with the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of optical, active, passive, aerial, and satellite sensors available for earth observation studies
  • describe different types of remotely sensed data, and identify what type of data is most suited for an application based on sensor resolutions and properties
  • use image analysis software to display, process, and manipulate remote sensing imagery, and extract relevant information and/or features for analysis
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the wide range of applications that can be addressed with remote sensing
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031199 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 13 x 3-hr lab classes

AssessmentTest (10%)|Quizzes (x4) (25%)|Examination (40%)|Assignment (25%)
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