Courses & Units

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.


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 Cox
Teaching staff Professor Arko Lucieer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the nature of electromagnetic energy to inform analysis and interpretation of remote sensing datasets
  • Solve spatially-oriented problems of an environmental and social nature using remote sensing datasets and analysis techniques
  • Use image analysis software to generate standard spatial products
  • Communicate perspectives and knowledge in remote sensing and spatial sciences to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral, cartographic, and other visual means
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031199 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentAssignment 1 (20%)|Assignment 2 (40%)|Assignment 3 (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Jensen, J.R., 2014. Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective, 2nd edition. Prentice Hall.

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